Capitol Pressroom

March 9, 2015: Stu Gruskin, Michael Kink and Erika Peterson, Prof. Gerry Benjamin, Ken Wagner

Today is Environmental Protection Fund Day at the Capitol. Stu Gruskin, the Nature Conservancy’s Chief Conservation and External Affairs Officer, previews the event and highlights great environmental projects in New York State.

Michael Kink, Executive Director of Strong Economy for All, and Erika Peterson, a fast food worker at Wendy’s, discuss “Hedge Clippers” reports that claim hedge funds were responsible for job losses in upstate New York. They’ll also weigh in on a push for a $15 minimum wage.

We take a closer look at how the budget process works and what previous court decisions, like Silver v. Pataki, imply for the Governor’s power over the budget with Professor Gerald Benjamin, the Associate Vice President for Regional Engagement at SUNY New Paltz.

Ken Wagner, the State Education Department’s Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy, discusses teacher evaluation and teacher certification policy.

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