New York finally got some good news from Congress on Wednesday when the
Senate pushed forward $2.6 billion in aid for the state, after two
months of lost votes on the issue threatened to blow big holes in local
and state budgets.
Lawmakers completed one of the latest budgets in New York State history
on Tuesday night, passing a last piece of legislation that will raise an
additional $1 billion — in part by increasing taxes on the sale of
clothing and on a variety of businesses.
Midwives and their supporters in New York have occasion to cheer
these days. A few nights ago, the legislature approved the Midwifery
Modernization Act, which removed requirements for midwives to have
written practice agreements with doctors and/or hospitals. Despite
opposition from the American
Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the bill now awaits
the signature of Governor David Paterson. Let’s listen in on a few of
the celebrations ”¦
Last week, Delaware became the second state in the country to
that would adjust US Census data to count incarcerated people as
residents of their home addresses for redistricting purposes. It is
currently waiting for Gov. Jack Markell’s signature.
The first major report from the new Authorities Budget Office provides
an accounting of how well New York's hundreds of state and local
authorities are living by the laws laid down in a new reform package.
New Yorkers who like to smoke will have to dig a little deeper to light
up next month, after the Legislature passed a bill on Monday that will
give the state the highest cigarette taxes in the country.
Nearly a year ago, Gov. David A. Paterson went to court to fight for his appointment of Richard Ravitch as lieutenant governor, a man whose acumen and experience the governor said could help the state weather its financial challenges.