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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Senator Brouk and Senator Cooney
Senator Brouk and Senator Cooney

First hour: Analyzing Governor Kathy Hochul's 2022-2023 state budget address

Second hour: Why some people are choosing not to give Amazon their business

Governor Kathy Hochul is set to deliver her 2022-2023 state budget address Tuesday morning. As reported by WXXI's Capitol Bureau Chief Karen DeWitt, Hochul will provide details on ambitious programs she announced during her State of the State address. Those include spending on boosting the health care workforce, improving schools, and providing property tax rebates. The state is currently operating under a surplus, but DeWitt reports that budget watchdogs are warning that she should be ready for potential economic downturns. This hour, we analyze Hochul's budget address with local state senators:

  • Senator Samra Brouk, District 55
  • Senator Jeremy Cooney, District 56

Amazon grew even stronger during the pandemic. Now a small, but vocal, contingent is choosing to walk away. One of their members got a feature in the New York Times over the weekend. We talk about the reasons people are choosing not to give Amazon their business anymore. Our guests:

  • Andrew Brady, co-founder of the Rochester chapter of Conscious Capitalism
  • Kelby Russell, winemaker at Red Newt Cellars and Kelby James Russell Wines
  • Julia Hoyle, winemaker at Hosmer Winery
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
Emmarae Stein is the production assistant for "Connections with Evan Dawson."