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Posts by Maureen McManus
May 9th - 8:58 pm
For several years now, the Writers Guild of America has been trying to get legislation passed that would give films and television shows a tax credit if they use writers from New York State. While the state is generous with tax breaks for filming in New York, much of the writing is still done in Hollywood. Lowell Peterson, the president of the Guild, explains why he thinks another tax break is needed.
May 9th - 8:56 pm
High volume hydraulic fracturing has become a hot button issue for New York in recent years. Supporters of the process say that the economic benefits of legalizing fracking would be a much-needed boost for the state, while opponents worry about the possible negative impact it could have on public health and the environment. While the Department of Health is still conducting a health impact study on the gas-drilling process, the Manhattan Institute released a report highlighting the benefits of fracking using Pennsylvania as an example. Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow from the institute, explains the findings.
May 9th - 8:54 pm
The New York Women’s Equality Coalition launched a new ad, this, in support of the governor’s Women’s Equality Agenda. While no legislation has been officially introduced, reproductive rights are expected to be included in the package. But since no bill has been introduced it’s unclear on what content will be included, but the legislation is expected to be similar to the Reproductive Health Act, which codifies the decision under Roe v. Wade into New York State law. Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos has said, however, that anything like the Reproductive Health Act will not make it to the Senate floor, despite a Siena poll in March that showed 80 percent of New Yorkers in support of the RHA. So in addition to the coalition’s ad, NARAL Pro-Choice NY is running a radio ad calling for Skelos to allow a vote. Tracey Brooks of Family Planning Advocates and Andrea Miller of NARAL Pro-Choice New York discuss the Women’s Equality Agenda and reproductive rights in the state.
May 9th - 8:52 pm
Governor Cuomo announced his casino proposal on Thursday including the possibility that he would consider letting new casinos compete with American Indian tribes who currently operate their own facilities if they did not resolve negotiations. These negotiations include either sharing revenue or creating exclusivity zones, but the discussion is more complicated than it seems. Heather Briccetti, President of the NY Business Council and Stephen Acquario, Executive Director of the NYS Association of Counties, discuss that and the many other factors of expanding gambling in New York.
May 8th - 8:54 pm
You may remember back when the budget was passed, Senate Republicans were able to insert some tax relief. Next year, middle-class families will get a $350 check in the mail. As it stands right now, that check will come a few weeks before election day in November. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator George Latimer say the timing of this check is disingenuous. And they are proposing a bill that would let taxpayers claim that 350 dollars earlier in the year when they regularly file their taxes. The two explain why they think it’s better for families and for the state.
May 8th - 8:52 pm
Senate Republicans who held a hearing to look into abuses of the New York City campaign finance system found themselves on the defensive yesterday. The hearing was held because of all the talk about creating a statewide public campaign finance system using New York City as a model. That something Republicans oppose, because they say it’s not a good use of taxpayer dollars. But the idea does have plenty of supporters. And they say there were barred from testifying or evening attending yesterday’s event.The chair of the Senate Elections Committee, Senator Tom O’Mara explains why the hearing was held, and why only certain people were invited to testify.
May 8th - 8:50 pm
The governor’s office hosted the first ever New York State tourism summit today. The state does see millions of visitors every year from across the country and overseas.
But the majority only go to the New York City area. So Wednesday, officials and industry members go together to look at ways to bring more people to upstate. Empire State Development CEO Ken Adams discusses the event.
May 7th - 8:56 pm
Dave Catalfamo and Bruce Gyory discuss the legal troubles of John Sampson and Shirley Huntley and why ethics reform is such a tricky subject for the legislature to deal with.
May 7th - 8:54 pm
Sticking with the theme of campaign finance reform, NYPIRG put out a report today detailing the campaign finance violations over the past 2 years. And the total is more than 100 thousand. NYPIRG’s Bill Mahoney explains what kinds of issues the report found, and why he’s concerned that this is a symptom of even bigger problems.
May 7th - 8:52 pm
Fighting corruption has jumped to the top of Governor Cuomo’s post-budget to-do list thanks to accusations against several legislators. His plan includes election reforms- and empowering district attorneys to investigate lawbreaking. But it’s not clear yet if the legislature will be on board with the proposals. Former Secretary to the Governor Steve Cohen explains what Cuomo will need to do to get anything passed.