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March 30, 2015: Asm. Brindisi, Ron Deutsch and Robert McKeon, Karen Magee, Stephen Ferrara

Late on Sunday night, the Legislature and the Governor worked out a final budget deal. The deal includes compromises on the Governor’s original ethics and education proposals, but does not include hot ticket items like the DREAM Act, the Education Investment Tax Credit, minimum wage, or criminal justice reforms. Today, we’ll hear what legislators and advocates have to say about the budget agreement.

First, Asm. Anthony Brindisi (D – Utica) weighs in on the ethics and education reforms, as well as the $1.5 billion Upstate Revitalization Fund.

Robert McKeon, the Director of TREND NY and Ron Deutsch, the Executive Director of Fiscal Policy Institute, are disappointed that the budget does not include a circuit breaker for property tax relief. They’ll explain their objections to the final budget.

One of the education reforms included in the budge is that the task of developing teacher evaluations will fall to the State Education Department. Karen Magee, the president of NYSUT, looks at how this education reform compromise and others played out in the budget process.

Stephen Ferrara, the Executive Director of the Nurse Practitioners Association, discusses how the passage of the Modernization Act last year will help nurse practitioners ease the burden of the primary care physician shortage.

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March 27, 2015: Ashley Hupfl, Bill Hammond, Karen Glitman, Laura Abel, Glenn Liebman

We catch up on this week’s City & State Winners and Losers with C & S Reporter Ashley Hupfl.

Bill Hammond of the NY Daily News weighs in on the news of the week.

Karen Glitman, of Vermont Energy Investment Corp, discusses how electric cars and school buses can reduce transportation energy costs and pollution.

As ethics packages are debated in Albany, some are concerned the language could have unintended consequences for non-profits. Laura Abel, the Senior Policy Counsel for the Lawyers Alliance for New York, explains. What are mental health advocates most hoping for in the budget?

Glenn Liebman, the CEO of the Mental Health Association of New York State, shares his group’s top priorities.

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March 26, 2014: Asm. Joseph Morelle, Yohan Garcia, Peter Iwanowicz, Brownfields

Asm. Joseph Morelle (D – Rochester) explains the mood in the Assembly majority as the budget deadline nears. Yesterday, we heard the case against the Education Investment Tax Credit.

Today, we hear the case for the EITC from Yohan Garcia, the Executive Director of The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Queens, NY Chapter.

Debates over RGGI funds, brownfields, infrastructure, and an increase in the oil spill fund cap are shaping up in budget negotiations. Peter Iwanowicz, the Executive Director of the Environmental Advocates of New York State, looks at the outstanding environmental issues in play.

We take a closer look at the brownfields plan on the table with Val Washington, the President at New Partners for Community Revitalization, and Jeff Jones, of Consulting for Good Causes.

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March 25, 2015: Sen. Gianaris, Anne Erickson and Lisa Frisch, Marian Bott, NYPIRG, Bruce Gyory

Sen. Michael Gianaris (D – Queens) stops by to share his thoughts on the budget negotiation process.

Many people in New York have to show up in court alone for civil cases, which can be like performing surgery on yourself. Lisa Frisch, Executive Director of the Legal Project, and Anne Erickson, President & CEO at the Empire Justice Center, explain why New York should do a better job of funding civil legal services.

The League of Women Voters’ Education Finance Specialist Marian Bott discusses the League’s opposition to the Education Investment Tax Credit.

NYPIRG’s Legislative Director Blair Horner shares the latest developments in the budget negotiations.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips senior advisor Bruce Gyory looks at the political dynamics underlying the education debate in Albany.

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March 24, 2015: Sen. Jeff Klein, U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Carmen Fariña

Paid family leave is on the table during budget discussions, but there are two competing bills at play. Today, we’ll hear about both versions of the legislation. Sen. Jeff Klein, IDC Leader (D – Bronx), will discuss the version he has sponsored, which would pay up to half of an employees income for six weeks. Later in the show, Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D – Queens) will discuss the legislation he has sponsored with Asm. Cathy Nolan (D – Ridgewood) that has the support of the Assembly majority. His bill would mandate up to 12 weeks of leave and pay up to two-thirds of the employees’ income, while also updating the state’s disability benefits.

U. S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand explains her push to end sexual assaults on college campuses and in the military.

NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña looks at the Governor’s education reform proposals, teacher evaluations, and mayoral control of NYC schools.

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March 23, 2015: Tenicka Boyd, Siena Poll, Fiscal Policy Institute, Bill Farris

Tenicka Boyd, Director of Organizing for StudentsFirstNY, looks at the Governor’s push for education reform.

One highlight of the latest Siena Poll is that a majority of New Yorkers wants to separate ethics legislation from the budget. Steve Greenberg shares the latest poll results.

The Fiscal Policy Institute released a report on New York’s failing schools. FPI Executive Director Ron Deutsch and Senior Fellow Elizabeth McNichol explain report data that shows poverty is a greater factor in student achievement than poor teaching.

AARP NYS Legislative Representative Bill Ferris joins Susan Arbetter to discuss AARP’s main priorities for the budget: creating a utility consumer advocate and the CARE Act, which would require hospitals to instruct caregivers on procedures before a patient is discharged from the hospital.

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March 20, 2015: Mike Feurstein, New York is Music, Ashley Hupfl, Glenn Blain, Michael Borges

This week, the Senate and the Assembly honored Mike Feurstein, “Mr. Mike,” the creator and founder of the award-winning “How to Unmake a Bully” project where school kids produce a short film about the dangers of bullying.

David Rezak, Syracuse University Professor of Music, is part of a new coalition called “New York is Music” that is pushing for a music industry tax credit similar to New York’s television and movie tax credit.

We have Winners and Losers with City & State’s Ashley Hupfl.

Glenn Blain of the NY Daily News looks at the ethics deal the Governor and the Assembly Democrats made this week.

We discuss a report on schools in a prolonged state of fiscal distress with Michael Borges, the Executive Director of the New York State Association of School Business Officials.

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March 19, 2015: Ken Lovett, Christine Quinn, YMCA, small cities case, Peter Newell

Ken Lovett of the NY Daily News. Christine Quinn, special adviser to the Governor, explains the Governor’s proposals to combat sexual assaults on college campuses.

George Romell, President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Rochester, and Kyle Stewart, Executive Director of the Alliance of New York State YMCAs, discuss investment in non-profits, healthy eating programs, and other statewide priorities for this year.

Closing arguments were heard last week in the small cities school funding case, Maisto v. State of New York. Trial attorneys Greg Little of White & Case and Bill Reynolds of Bond Schoeneck & King weigh in on how the case played out in court and when they expect to hear a verdict.

Under the ACA as of January 1, 2016, the “Small Group” size for the New York Insurance Market will increase from companies with a maximum of 50 employees to companies with a maximum of 100 employees. Peter Newell, the Director of United Hospital Fund’s Health Insurance Project, examines the impact of the more inclusive “Small Group” size on the insurance industry, consumers, and business.

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March 18, 2015: Mickey Carroll, ethics, Sen. Ortt and Rhonda Frederick, Michael Castellana

Maurice Carroll shares the latest Quinnipiac Poll results.

Last night, Gov. Cuomo and the Assembly Democrats agreed on a two-way deal for ethics reform. The Senate, as of yet, has not signed onto the reforms.NYPIRG’s Legislative Director Blair Horner and Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner weigh in on the deal.

Sen. Robert Ortt (R – North Tonawanda) and Rhonda Frederick, CEO of People Inc. and president of the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York, look at funding for the developmentally disabled in the budget.

50 Upstate CEOs, including Michael Castellana the CEO of SEFCU, are calling for a $2.5 billion investment in the Upstate Revitalization Fund in this year’s budget. Castellana explains why the businessmen are advocating for the funding.

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March 17, 2015: Rick Santorum, H. Carl McCall, Principal Tim Farley and Bianca Tanis, Heather Briccetti

Former Republican presidential contender and Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is in Albany for the New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation’s annual lobby day. He joins Susan Arbetter to preview the event.

H. Carl McCall, Chairman of the State University Board of Trustees, looks at the dynamics of funding SUNY.

 

NYS Allies for Public Education are organizing grassroots efforts to encourage parents to opt their children out of state tests. Tim Farley, a principal at Ichabod Crane in Kinderhook, and Bianca Tanis, the parent of a child in the New Paltz School District, discuss today’s lobby day.

Heather Briccetti, the president and CEO of the Business Council, says taxes and fees on New York’s electricity are inhibiting economic growth, job creation and retention.

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