links for 2011-03-09

  • The Assembly Democrats made it clear early on that the medical malpractice portion of the Medicaid Redesign Team’s reform/cost-cutting plan was going to be a major hurdle, and now the first alternative bill has come to light.
  • As far as road maintenance goes, local public works departments can only pave as far as their budgets allow.

    And officials already are reporting that the combination of financial constraints and the escalating prices of petroleum-based materials will limit the work maintenance crews can perform this summer.

  • As New York State moves forward with a proposal requiring manufacturers of household cleaners to tell consumers what chemicals are in their products, public interest groups submitted comments this week on the plan.
  • The furor on the Senate floor stemmed from a brief meeting of the Rules Committee, where Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous informed Bethlehem Democrat Neil Breslin that his petition for a public hearing on the bill had been rejected by the clerk of the committee.
  • Dolan said the conversation with Cuomo focused on social service provision and concerns Catholic leaders have about proposed cuts to the Medicaid program, a delay in raising the welfare grant and reductions to health and substance abuse treatment programs.
  • An estimated 648,000 people live outside of New York state but pay income taxes here, and a substantial number of the nonresidents earn enough to get hit by the current surcharge, which begins at $200,000 for single filers
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  • Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, has gone back and forth over the odds of keeping the so-called millionaires tax, a surcharge on earners who make more than $200,000.
  • Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said Monday he “dreaded the day” each of his four children turned 16. And then he cited the statistics that explain why.