Tag: Budgets and Budgeting

McConnell Promised to End Senate Gridlock. Instead, Republicans Are Stuck in Neutral.

WASHINGTON — Seven months into a new era of divided government, the Republican-led Senate limped out of Washington this week after the fewest legislative debates of any in recent memory, without floor votes on issues that both parties view as urgent: the high cost of prescription drugs, a broken immigration system and crumbling infrastructure. The […]

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Blindsided by a ‘Devastating’ Veto, Alaska’s University System Pleads for a Lifeline

More than a month after Alaska lawmakers settled on a plan to cut $5 million in support for the state’s universities, Gov. Mike J. Dunleavy shocked the state last month by using a veto to cut much deeper, taking away $130 million more from the system that gave him his master’s degree. Mr. Dunleavy, a […]

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New Jersey Governor Promises No State (or Beach) Shutdown

In New Jersey, a nasty fight among top Democratic elected leaders threatened to ruin escapes to the Jersey Shore. A new state budget is due by midnight Sunday. Without one the state would shut down, closing, among many other things, Island State Beach Park, a 10-mile stretch of sand along the Atlantic Ocean that’s a […]

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Why the Democratic Takeover in New Jersey Is More Civil War Than Progressive Revolution

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] On paper, Democrats in New Jersey have rarely commanded so much power: They control the governor’s office and both chambers of the Legislature, and a liberal surge last November nearly wiped congressional Republicans off the map. Just one G.O.P. […]

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Austerity Has Ravaged U.K. Communities. It Has Also Spurred Reinvention.

PRESTON, England — In communities across Britain, funding from London was shrinking to nothing — the central equation of national austerity. But here in the fading industrial belt of northwestern England, the city of Preston took the crisis of budget-cutting as impetus for a basic refashioning. In what has come to be known as the […]

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12 Ways the Progressive Takeover Is Transforming New York

ALBANY — At 7:20 a.m., after an all-night marathon marked by the passage of dozens of bills and a rubber-band fight on the floor of the chamber, the Legislature on Friday finally ended a 2019 session that was nothing short of groundbreaking. During the six-month session, lawmakers approved a raft of legislation, large and small. […]

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5 Takeaways From New York City’s $93 Billion Budget Deal

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Five years ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the parameters of his first New York City budget, weighing in at $75 billion. With each successive budget, Mr. de Blasio and City Council leaders have spent more taxpayer money, hiring […]

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New York City Allocates $250,000 for Abortions, Challenging Conservative States

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] New York City will spend $250,000 to help poor women who travel from other states to obtain abortions here, inserting itself into the increasingly contentious debate over access to the procedure. While the amount of money is relatively small, […]

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Is This Gay, Sober, Poem-Writing City Council Leader the Mayor New Yorkers Want?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] On Friday, he read from a poem by Walt Whitman, “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” seeking to highlight the need for more funding for New York City libraries. Two days earlier, he took on slightly less demanding prose: “Too Many Carrots,” […]

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What if Congress Were in Charge, Not Trump?

The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, was recently asked if Congress sees itself as the equal of the presidency in sharp conflicts between the legislative and executive branches. “I think we’re a superior branch,” Ms. Pelosi answered. This drew rebukes from, among others, Rudy Giuliani, who tweeted, “Thank you for the help in convincing a court […]

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Lawyers by Day, Uber Drivers and Bartenders by Night

Her story is a familiar one in the gig economy era: She works several odd jobs like delivering food for Grubhub and UberEats, or helping people with their tax returns. But Danielle happens to have a full-time job: She is a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society in New York. The same goes for […]

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Missing Millions Put an American-Funded Afghan College Under Scrutiny

KABUL, Afghanistan — One of the many investigators of the American University in Afghanistan summed things up this way: If the United States government had paid to send every Afghan graduate to college in the United States, it would have spent less money than it did on financing a troubled, English-language university for them in […]

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$770,000 Was Just Spent on a Playground. Now the City Wants to Raze It.

The playground of a housing project in Manhattan in recent years had slid into a state of disrepair so severe that parents felt uneasy about letting their children play there. So in 2015, the state approved a plan to steer $770,000 toward a new cushioned play surface, new barbecues and new water sprinklers for children […]

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