Democrats control New York State politics, and with a new budget, they’ve made some strong statements on taxes. In particular, the political left (ranging from DSA to the Green Party to various coalitions) have called for the state to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers. Democrats declined to do so, saying it would have negative consequences.

Our guests discuss tax fairness, and how to fund priorities:

  • Michael Kink, executive director of the Strong Economy for All Coalition
  • Jeremy Cooney, former chief of staff for the City of Rochester, and recent Democratic candidate for New York State Senate
  • John Calia, executive coach and author of "The Reluctant CEO: Succeeding Without Losing Your Soul”

You may have heard Governor Cuomo’s State of the State on Tuesday. Representatives from our area were in Albany for the address and the passing of the GENDA bill.

We hear from Assemblymembers Harry Bronson, Mark Johns, and Marjorie Byrnes about that news and about their priorities for this legislative session. We also discuss upstate economic development, the ban on conversion therapy, and the governor’s plan to legalize marijuana. Our guests:

The New York State budget was finally passed, we find out what impact it might have on local businesses. The monthly survey in small business jobs, there is a small uptick in tourism and service, but why are some of these companies still hesitant to hire full-timers?

The WXXI Business report looks at business and economic issues facing the Rochester area including Western New York and the Finger Lakes.

(AP) ALBANY, N.Y.  — Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for a two-month extension of the last state budget to prevent a government shutdown after he and state lawmakers on Sunday failed to reach agreement on a new spending plan.

Cuomo said the stopgap budget would give legislators time to resolve their differences while postponing the decision until after the release of the federal budget, which is expected to contain spending cuts that could drastically impact state finances.

The final votes are being counted for the New York State budget, and the basic framework has been announced.

There will be an increase in the minimum wage, but Upstate New York will get less than New York City and Long Island. We'll talk about the schedule.

Paid family leave will happen. We'll talk about when it will take effect and how it will work.

We'll also talk about education funding: the gap elimination adjustment is gone. What will that mean for schools, and is it what advocates wanted?

Finally, why wasn't there an ethics deal in the budget? We'll work through all of these questions and more. Our guests:

  • Karen DeWitt, chief of WXXI's Capitol Bureau
  • Eamonn Scanlon, lead education organizer with Metro Justice
  • Tim Schiefen, owner of Certified Automotive Repair in Bloomfield
  • Brian Sampson, president of the state Associated Builders and Contractors

ALBANY (AP) Likely within days, New Yorkers will find out whether the minimum wage is going up.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to enact a $15 wage is one of several issues to be decided as the Democratic governor and state lawmakers seek to work out a state budget deal before an April 1 deadline.

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ALBANY (AP) A group of construction contractors, labor unions, local transportation officials and business groups have banded together to encourage state lawmakers in New York to invest in the state's aging roads, bridges and highways.

The group, Rebuild NY Now, will hold a rally Monday at the state Capitol as lawmakers enter the final weeks of negotiation over next year's state budget.

ALBANY (AP) New York is helping its private colleges with campus repairs, upgrades and construction projects.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the state will award more than two dozen schools a combined $35 million in matching grants. To receive the money the institutions have to agree to spend $3 for every $1 of state money.

Universities will use the money to pay for things like classroom repairs, upgrades to arts centers and renovations to science labs.

Libraries say the state is short-changing them, and the fight is on. We talk about how libraries use public funding -- often to provide internet access to people who don't otherwise have it. We also discuss the future of libraries. How are they adapting to technology? Our guests:



Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and New York State Fair officials have Gov. Andrew Cuomo squarely in their corner as they advance plans to make dramatic changes at the fairgrounds in Geddes.