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Posts by Maureen McManus
Nov 27th - 8:50 pm
Since the implementation of Common Core standards, there has been been a lot of attention on testing and the role of the state Education Department.
But the federal government also plays a big role, and Rep. Chris Gibson argues it’s time for the federal government to scale back its involvement in schools – at least when it comes to standardized tests. He explains why.
Nov 20th - 8:56 pm
The Alliance for Quality Education is calling for a one point nine billion dollar increase in education funding for next year. The group released its list of 2014 legislative priorities Wednesday. That includes universal pre-k and finally fulling the requirements of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity settlement. AQE executive director Billy Easton explains the goals, and why he’s optimistic about getting the legislature on board this year.
Nov 20th - 8:52 pm
The Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus has been energized by Bill de Blasio’s landslide victory in the New York City mayoral contest, and now they’re hoping that momentum makes it’s way up to Albany.The caucus plans pushing lawmakers to pass more progressive legislation in 2014. Caucus chair Assemblyman Karim Camara explains what that includes.
Nov 20th - 8:50 pm
On Tuesday state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a $14 billion settlement with JP Morgan for the lenders role in the housing crisis. This deal was negotiated by a national working group co-chaired by Schneiderman. And he promises it won’t be the last action taken against banks that issued subprime mortgages.
Nov 14th - 8:58 pm
Several public officials from the Southern Tier were in Albany Thursday for the Public Service Commissions meeting because they believe the state has some big decisions to make about energy policy. That includes whether two power plants should be switched from coal to natural gas, and whether to upgrade transmission lines. The members of ratepayers and community intervenors say they want policies that are good for customers and for the environment. Tompkins County legislator Carol Chock, Caroline town board member Irene Weiser, and Earthjustice attorney Chris Amato explain.
Nov 14th - 8:54 pm
President Obama told Americans today he is still working on fixes to his signature health care law. Since key parts of the Affordable Care Act were rolled out in October, it’s been faced with major challenges like a non-functioning website and millions of people seeing their plans cancelled.Republicans are calling this proof that the government should not be so involved in health care. But other groups say actually, the government should be more involved. Doctor Andrew Coates is the president of Physicans for a National Health Program, and he explains his concerns with the current system.
Nov 14th - 8:52 pm
Governor Cuomo vetoed a bill to expand the film tax credit in hopes of bringing movie and T-V productions to upstate. It would have expanded the Empire State Film Tax Credit to 14 more counties.Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara sponsored the bill because he hoped it would encourage filmmakers to look north of New York City for short-term projects and for studio locations. And he is not giving up on that goal.
Nov 14th - 8:50 pm
The special commission created by the 2011 tax code overhaul is out with its report on how to modernize the state’s tax code. They looked at everything from the estate tax to sales tax to look for ways to help businesses and individuals. Now, it will be up to the governor and the legislature to decide which recommendations to adopt. But the fact that this is an election year could make things more complicated. Ron Deutsch, the head of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, discusses the report and what it means.
Nov 8th - 8:54 pm
After an election season that was full of twists and surprises, Lovely Warren was declared the victor Tuesday night in the Rochester mayor’s race. But her biggest challenges are likely still ahead. In recent years the city has seen some of its biggest and best-known employers leave or downsize, and Rochester schools had the worst test scores in the state this year. Still, Warren is confident she can turn things around. She discusses her plans for the transition and for getting the city more help from the state.
Nov 8th - 8:52 pm
Karen Dewitt of WXXI, Casey Seiler of the Times Union, and Nick Reisman discuss election results, casino expansion, and more.