Budget season always feels the same, doesn’t it? The protests, the speeches, the back-and-forths–it’s almost like you can predict what’s going to happen.
Legislative leaders will say that they are “working closely with the governor to produce a fair and on-time budget.” The governor will say that his proposed budget “makes tough choices” and “cuts Read More
Over this past weekend, it appeared that a budget deal for New York State was agreed upon in principle. If finalized, the agreement would provide Governor Andrew Cuomo with a remarkably decisive first victory by delivering an early budget deal that would erase a $10 billion budget deficit without raising taxes and without Read More
State Budget: Confessore has deja vu. [Twitter]
State Budget: Bloomberg’s “outrage” makes the headline. [El Diario]
State Budget: Expecting to collect cigarette taxes from Indian reservations, which is tricky. [Frank Parlato, Jr.]
State Budget: Pain for schools, despite being on-time, or early. [Jimmy Vielkind]
State Budget: Read More
Dead Voters: Makes it harder to get on the ballot. [Tom Wrobleski]
Bike Lanes: Not something Schumer wants to talk Read More
Grinding the Sausage
With the deadline to pass a state budget basically a week away, Governor Andrew Cuomo has backed down on passing two controversial changes to New York’s real estate laws. He said at a press conference in Albany yesterday that rent-regulation changes and a property tax cap are “too complex” to put in the budget.
In a Read More
In a political atmosphere defined by unbridgeable budget deficits, rising tax rates, and venomously argued cuts to public services, a widely popular initiative that promises $162 million of new revenue to New York State should coast through the legislative process with minimal dissent.
Last March, Governor Paterson watched his plan to legalize the Read More
Late Tuesday morning, Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch stepped to the podium in the theater at Albany’s Empire State Plaza before an audience filled with legislators awaiting presentation of the governor’s expectedly grim proposed budget.
Introducing Governor Paterson, Mr. Ravitch took a minute to make a plea-as much as the terse, stoic, raspy-voiced Read More