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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.

 

National Popular Vote Approved in Chambers in New York and Massachusetts

On June 7, the New York Senate passed S2286A, the National Popular Vote (NPV) bill, with over two-thirds of both political parties supporting the bill in a 52-7 roll call.  Although it has received bipartisan support ever since it was first introduced in 2006, the overwhelmingly bipartisan support it received during Monday's vote was unprecedented.  Twenty-two of the Chamber's 30 Republicans voted for the bill, not far off from the 79% overall support in New York for a national popular vote for President.  

Wage Law Enforcement State Trend: Illinois Becomes Most Recent State to Crack Down on Wage Theft

A crime wave has been sweeping Illinois, with surveys of low-wage workers in the Chicago area showing an average of 146,300 cases of wage theft each week -- resulting in about $7.3 million each week in unpaid wages, or $380 million stolen from workers each year.  In order to crack down on this criminal wage theft, the Illinois General Assembly on May 3 nearly unanimously (56-0 in the Senate and 112-1 in the House) passed SB 3568, which will strengthen the state’s ability to enforce violations of the Wage Payment and Collection Act.