Karen DeWitt

Capitol Bureau Chief, New York State Public Radio

Karen has covered state government and politics for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 New York and Connecticut stations, since 1990.  She is also a regular contributor to the statewide public television program about New York State government, New York Now. She appears on the reporter’s roundtable segment, and interviews newsmakers. 

Karen previously worked for WINS Radio, New York, and has written for numerous publications, including Adirondack Life and the Albany newsweekly Metroland.

She is a past recipient of the prestigious Walter T. Brown Memorial award for excellence in journalism, from the Legislative Correspondents Association, and was named Media Person of the Year for 2009 by the Women’s Press Club of New York State.

Karen is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Karen DeWitt / WSHU

More than a decade after the state’s highest court ordered New York lawmakers to spend billions of dollars more a year on schools, Governor Cuomo and his top aides are moving further away from ever fulfilling the order, say critics.   

Mike Groll / AP

The leader of the New York State Senate Republicans says he’s not happy with what he says is over $800 million in new taxes and fees tucked away in Governor Cuomo’s new state budget.

Hans Pennink / AP

One of the chief arguments over the state budget will be whether to renew an income tax surcharge on New York’s wealthiest, known as the millionaire’s tax.

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School funding advocates worry that Governor Cuomo is setting up for another political battle over school aid next year, in a little noticed provision in his new state budget.

Hans Pennink / AP

Some state lawmakers are rejecting Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal to extend a tax on millionaires. The spending plan was outlined to some lawmakers at a lunch at the governor’s mansion, but won’t be available to the public until later Tuesday.

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