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Non-Profits and Corruption

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Nicholas Kusnetz, reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, talks about their examination of the links between non-profits, politicians, and corruption in New York State.

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Dave Weigel on Capitol Politics

Friday, January 25, 2013

Slate political reporter and MSNBC contributor Dave Weigel discusses the Kerry confirmation hearings, filibuster reform, and state GOP strategies.

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Grim Economic Outlook for States, Including NY & NJ

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Even as the economy shows signs of picking up, the outlook for states is grim, according to a task force report by public policy and budget experts.

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Debt in State Government Hits Fever Pitch

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

At the state level, exploding fiscal debt comes as Washington is on a to dramtically cut discretionary domestic spending on local aid.


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Minnesota Ends 20-Day Government Shutdown

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Minnesota's state government is poised to re-open after an almost three-week shutdown.  Lawmakers agreed late in the night on a budget. It could mean some 22,000 state workers will return to work as soon as Thursday, and ends a political impasse between Democrat Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders. So what's in the deal, and how will it affect taxpayers? 

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Financial 411: Pressure on Local Government

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The big worry last summer was the possibility of states across the country defaulting on their debts.


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Health Exchange Deadline

Friday, June 10, 2011

To qualify for federal grants, New York has to set up its health insurance exchange before the legislative term ends this month.  Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society, talks about the state's late start and what is left to be done.

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Aftershocks of the Financial Crisis

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I believe we need to be much more aggressive in trying to help people who can make a level of payments stay in their homes… We have created a tangled web and I believe we need much more forceful action.

— Phil Angelides, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission chairman on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Real Malloy

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Connecticut has a new governor. Dan Malloy will be sworn in as the state's 88th governor this afternoon and John Dankosky, news director at WNPR and host of Where We Live, joins us to review the inauguration plans and to discuss what's ahead for the new governor in 2011.

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Financial 411: New Year, New Governor

Monday, January 03, 2011


Andrew Cuomo is now New York's governor and it will now be up to him to fix the state's growing fiscal crisis.  And it won't be easy. The state faces an estimated $9 billion budget deficit and a divided legislature, and, as Cuomo himself said in his inaugural speech, "The words 'government in Albany' have become a national punch line."