The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:00am

First- Senator Joe Griffo who updates us on budget negotiations; plus, we discuss a bill he’s sponsoring that will limit mandates.

Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, says his membership is between a rock (less state aid) and a hard place (sky-rocketing costs) and mandate relief couldn’t come soon enough.

Advocates for people with development disabilities are fighting to restore aid to the budget that had to be cut when the federal government determined the state was overcharging for care.

Senator Cecelia Tkaczyk joins us to talk about OPWDD funding restoration as well as the Community Mental Health Reinvestment Act. She and her colleagues are hoping the Senate leadership will provide $5 million in funding.

Ben Golden of the NY State Chapter of the ARC and Rhonda Frederick, Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Alliance WNY continue the conversation about aid restorations for OPWDD.

Advocates for a hike in the minimum wage are amping up their push to see the hike now rather than later.

And Karen Moreau Executive Director of the New York State Petroleum Council responds to the Governor’s criticism of a strategy employed by pro-fracking organizations.