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Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Albany still stuck in budget talks as the week ends

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are still struggling to come to a final budget agreement, after the time for an expected announcement came and went today.

Optimistic lawmakers had predicted a final accord on the budget by midday Friday, but in the end, were unable to achieve that goal. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said details on many issues have not been resolved.  Go to full article
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Pre-K, Dream Act, campaign finance in NYS budget negotiations

Legislative leaders say they are working together and are close to a budget agreement, after a blow up that left the Senate and Assembly leaders negotiating separately with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The legislative leaders, following a two-hour closed door meeting with Cuomo, seemed in high spirits. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos gave his often times rival Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver a hug.  Go to full article
Interior, New York state Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/-jvl-/5194928546/">JvL</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Interior, New York state Capitol. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY budget talks continue at Capitol, deadline near

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York's legislative leaders are negotiating over property tax relief and pre-kindergarten funding a week before a new budget is due.

Leaders emerging from closed-door talks Monday at the Capitol say they continue to make progress to get a deal by April 1.  Go to full article
Inside the Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Would Cuomo tax freeze plan hurt small business?

Both houses of the legislature are making changes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tax freeze plan in their budget proposals. And now, small business groups are speaking out, saying the proposal favors some homeowners, at their expense.  Go to full article
Education funding protesters outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office Wednesday. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Education funding protesters outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office Wednesday. Photo: Karen DeWitt

More money for schools, environment, in NYS Assembly budget proposal

Assembly Democrats say there should be more money for schools and the environment, and major changes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to freeze property taxes. The Assembly's one-house budget resolution is the first step in reaching agreement on a final spending plan by the end of March.  Go to full article
How will Gov. Cuomo's new budget plan actually impact how much property tax New Yorkers pay? Well, it's complicated. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/59937401@N07/5856941321/in/photolist-9VymAV-9Vynke-2SgvEj-a6nVRn-4QuRpr-dQ6vfn-cssr8b-6KSFLB-2pgAY9-88cmk-88cnD-ifXYRG-bmsT4u-9VB9gG-9Vyij6-pK5TN-7VHGAR-bGi9gP-bGi9vB-bGi9pi-bGi9Kg-5CLWT3-bvn9BA-bvn9FG-bvn9DU-bJgWcn-bJgWeD-bvn9CY-4qLQnz-StQqv-4iHTRm-8Sb3VN-6Rfw6N-7xBoCa-bvhFtG-8jpqA5-rCBfK-azfJfM-ezXUkt-67UDHm-5ehLEB-79H6wC-5M1Cx-9Q2Eyr-5ADaAn-25GFHk-4v73Jz-7a6Ngu-7a6Ncu-7a2Y96-8tmkyP">Images Money</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
How will Gov. Cuomo's new budget plan actually impact how much property tax New Yorkers pay? Well, it's complicated. Photo: Images Money, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo's plan to freeze local property taxes has lawmakers confused

The legislature has finished its hearings on Governor Cuomo's budget proposal, and legislators will start crafting a spending plan once they return from the President's Day break. One of the final hearings focused on the governor's tax cutting plans, and lawmakers had plenty of questions, especially about his plan to freeze local property taxes. Legislators at the hearing quizzed Governor Cuomo's tax commissioner on that plan. Tax Commissioner Thomas Mattox admits it's complex.  Go to full article
How will Gov. Cuomo's new budget plan actually impact how much property tax New Yorkers pay? Well, it's complicated. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/59937401@N07/5856941321/in/photolist-9VymAV-9Vynke-2SgvEj-a6nVRn-4QuRpr-dQ6vfn-cssr8b-6KSFLB-2pgAY9-88cmk-88cnD-ifXYRG-bmsT4u-9VB9gG-9Vyij6-pK5TN-7VHGAR-bGi9gP-bGi9vB-bGi9pi-bGi9Kg-5CLWT3-bvn9BA-bvn9FG-bvn9DU-bJgWcn-bJgWeD-bvn9CY-4qLQnz-StQqv-4iHTRm-8Sb3VN-6Rfw6N-7xBoCa-bvhFtG-8jpqA5-rCBfK-azfJfM-ezXUkt-67UDHm-5ehLEB-79H6wC-5M1Cx-9Q2Eyr-5ADaAn-25GFHk-4v73Jz-7a6Ngu-7a6Ncu-7a2Y96-8tmkyP">Images Money</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
How will Gov. Cuomo's new budget plan actually impact how much property tax New Yorkers pay? Well, it's complicated. Photo: Images Money, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo's plan to freeze local property taxes has lawmakers confused

The legislature has finished its hearings on Governor Cuomo's budget proposal, and legislators will start crafting a spending plan once they return from the President's Day break. One of the final hearings focused on the governor's tax cutting plans, and lawmakers had plenty of questions, especially about his plan to freeze local property taxes. Legislators at the hearing quizzed Governor Cuomo's tax commissioner on that plan. Tax Commissioner Thomas Mattox admits it's complex.  Go to full article
Glades Correctional Institution inmates reading in the prison library, Belle Glade, Florida, 1975. Photo: Tom McLendon.
Glades Correctional Institution inmates reading in the prison library, Belle Glade, Florida, 1975. Photo: Tom McLendon.

Prison college education is returning to New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a new plan to bring college education back into New York prisons. Cuomo's new initiative will offer college level education at ten New York State prisons, one in each region of the state, though the prisons haven't yet been identified.  Go to full article
County legislators at the annual conference for the New York State Association of Counties. Photo: Jenna Flanagan/Innovation Trail
County legislators at the annual conference for the New York State Association of Counties. Photo: Jenna Flanagan/Innovation Trail

County leaders talk consolidation, sharing resources at annual meeting

The State Association of Counties wrapped up their annual meeting in Albany this week where they discussed the unique needs of New York's regional governments.

One prominent issue was consolidation. During his 2013 budget presentation, Governor Cuomo renewed his push for local governments to share more resources as part of a plan to freeze property taxes if counties stay within a 2 percent cap.

The Innovation Trial's Jenna Flanagan talked to County Executives about the push to get them to make savings of 1 percent for three years.  Go to full article
Potsdam Mayor Steve Yugartis. Photo courtesy Steve Yugartis.
Potsdam Mayor Steve Yugartis. Photo courtesy Steve Yugartis.

Is Cuomo taking power away from local government?

Steve Yurgartis has been mayor of the Village of Potsdam for two years. He calls the governor's strategy for government consolidation outlined in his budget address "meddling," and he's worried about the state-local balance of power.

Yurgartis talked at length with Martha Foley shortly after Gov. Cuomo delivered his budget address. Yurgartis says the governor is right when he argues that when people complain about taxes, they complain most loudly about property taxes, But he says it comes down to an underlying trend that's led to an over-dependence on local property taxes, for all kinds of state-mandated costs.

(note: there's no transcript of their conversation. Hear the full audio above.)  Go to full article

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