The Morning Read: Monday, March 12, 2007

Eliot Spitzer’s claims about the reasons for high Medicaid costs are called into doubt.

A poll conducted by a group opposing Spitzer’s health care plan say the governor’s popularity has dropped 21 percent.

Bills to restore Spitzer’s proposed reductions in Medicaid spending were introduced in the state legislature.

On health care, Republicans are attacking Spitzer from the left.

Senator Charles Schumer wants US Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez to quit.

Rev. Al Sharpton is not on board with Barack Obama.

Spitzer, Schumer and Mayor Bloomberg will meet today to discuss the Javits Center expansion.

Millions a year are spent on education officials who Schools Chancellor Joel Klein can’t fire, but wants to.

The number of restaurants closed by health inspectors since rats were seen running around a Village restaurant has tripled.

There is a bill in the Assembly to boost salaries for legislators and judges automatically every four years.

And Tom Suozzi is trying to recruit the Nassau Conservative Party Chairman to run for office.

— Azi Paybarah

The Morning Read: Monday, March 12, 2007