New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his state budget on Tuesday. The $137.2 billion spending plan includes more money for schools , including a phase-in of funding for universal pre-kindergarten programs. It would also freeze property taxes for two years, if local governments cooperate.
Almost 50 years ago, a Hartford man was part of an event that changed the course of the civil rights movement. Leroy Moton was born in Selma, Alabama. As a teenager, he worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Alabama. He told reporter Sara Karl one of the most difficult and powerful things he saw during that volatile time was the brutal murder of civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo. That murder, he says, had a profound impact on the movement, and on him.
A health policy group has given New York's Department of Health a mostly glowing review of its rollout of the new health insurance exchange program. But the group is worried the department hasn’t completely figured out the systems for paying doctors and hospitals.
Government reform groups in New York say they’re pleased Governor Andrew Cuomo will put money in his new state budget to fund public financing of campaigns, as well as money for better enforcement of existing campaign laws.