Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s low drama budget proposal: No tax hikes, but “revenue extenders” help close $1.3 billion deficit.
Over all, the $142.6 billion budget represents a 5.3 percent spending increase - largely driven by a jump in federal aid for Sandy response and Obamacare implementation.
For you wonks out there, Cuomo launched a new website: OpenBudget.ny.gov.
Get your school aid runs here.
CSEA called Cuomo’s pension smoothing plan a “bait and switch scheme.”
The New York Water Rangers coalition were pleased to hear nothing related to fracking in Cuomo’s budget.
Lots more budget reaction statements here.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver missed today’s budget address to attend his grandson’s bris. (Cuomo: “As we say in Italian, ‘mazel tov’ to the speaker”).
Another budget day surprise: State Budget Director Bob Megna is going to be a daddy for the fourth time. The baby is due in March – right around the April 1 budget deadline).
Today was the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Expect no “bombshells” from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s expected testimony tomorrow about the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
Some drug law reform advocates (not Andrew Sullivan) remain optimistic Obama will take action on their issue before leaving the White House.
Chefs for the Marcellus (more than 150 chefs and “food professionals” sent Cuomo a letter urging him to ban fracking.
Sen. George Maziarz is the latest Republican to launch an on-line petition to “repeal and replace” the SAFE Act.
“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” country music starCharlie Daniels has taken to Twitter to criticize Cuomo.
NYC mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota says he would be tough but fair with labor unions (all operating without contracts) if he’s elected.
Rep. Pete King got a great shot of Jay-Z and Beyonce at the inauguration, but had no idea who “the guy” behind the famous singer was.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg wants to spank his potential 2014 primary rival, Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
Rep. Louise Slaughter had a somewhat terse exchange with Rep. Paul Ryan at a House Rules Committee debate over the bill to raise the debt ceiling. (Fast forward to about 30 minutes into the proceeding)
The NYC Board of Elections is exploring “instant runoff voting” in this year’s citywide races, allowing voters to select their first and second choices at the ballot box in September
Michael A. Cardozo, the head of the NYC Law Department, has never served on a jury – and won’t be doing so any time soon.
Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is still the DNC chairwoman.
VP Joe Biden says he hasn’t yet decided about 2016: “There’s a whole lot of reasons why I wouldn’t run.”
The Winklevoss twins (of Facebook fame) made their first foray into New York politics, maxing out to Sen. Daniel Squadron’s NYC public advocate campaign.
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