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NY: State Set for Boon in Aid

The Wall Street Journal:

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.

NY: 125 Days Late, a State Budget With New Taxes

The New York Times:

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. 

NY: Legislature Delivers for Midwives

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 ”¦

Delaware Becomes 2nd State to End Prison-Based Gerrymandering

Last week, Delaware became the second state in the country to pass legislation 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.

NY: Look at who's making what where

The Albany Times Union:

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.

 

NY: Cigarette Tax Increased to Keep State Running

The New York Times:

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. 

NY: Cities forced to wait on state aid

The Democrat and Chronicle:

As many large cities in New York finish their fiscal year at month's end, they are awaiting a big payment from the state to close out their books.

NY: Paterson calls for end to budget process by June 28

The Albany Times Union:

Another day, another act of budget brinkmanship.

NY: Paterson Splits With No. 2 on Budget

The New York Times:

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. 

NY: Survey: Tax rich to save schools

The Albany Times Union:

Message to incumbents: Raising taxes could be good for your political health. That's right, good, at least if it's a tax hike for the wealthiest of New Yorkers.