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Politics and Elections

President Trump's tax proposal could spell a tax increase for some New Yorkers

Posted by Karen DeWitt on

President Trump’s plan is so far just a one page outline, but it’s already raising some red flags for New York’s political leaders.

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Interview: Wall Street trader-turned-journalist on rural America's support for Trump

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Discusses cross-country trip through downtrodden towns.

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State lawmakers push for law to release Trump's tax returns

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Several state lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that they say would force President Donald Trump to make public some of his tax returns.

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Lawmakers and advocates say reform is not dead at the Capitol

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State lawmakers and lobby groups say Governor Cuomo was in error when he said that there was no political will to enact reforms in 2017.

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Prevailing wage rules questioned

Posted by Karen DeWitt on

A fiscal watchdog group is questioning the state’s century-old prevailing wage law for construction workers, saying it unnecessarily costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year in added expenses for big road, bridge, and other projects.

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End of Session Issues

Last Updated by Matt Ryan on

The budget is finished, but how much more will the legislature accomplish before the end of session in June?

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Legislature returns for part two of the session

Last Updated by Karen DeWitt on

State lawmakers are due back at the Capitol Monday, following a two-week break after they passed a budget that contained numerous other items, like free public college tuition for some middle-class students and an expansion of ride-hailing services.

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Report finds delays in oil spill clean ups in New York

Posted by Karen DeWitt on

Environmental advocates say that New York State officials could do a better job of cleaning up pollution sites caused by the fossil fuels industry that they say in some cases, have dragged on for decades. Cuomo’s environmental aides defend their record.

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Top Cuomo aid defends free tuition program requirements

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Governor Cuomo’s budget director is among those defending the state’s new free public college tuition program for some middle-class students, after a week of criticism from the left and the right of the political spectrum.

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Future of ethics reform an open question

Posted by Karen DeWitt on

Did passage of the state budget signal the end of Albany’s legislative session for 2017, or will other matters, including ethics reform, get done before the lawmakers adjourn in June?

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