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Jan 30 2015 Three Men and Their Slush Funds Audio Report also In those darkest days of the year, as the century drew to a close (1999), Governor George Pataki, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno were making giant decisions. At the very end of the four-page press release announcing the deal, there was a final bullet point about a “commissioner’s priority pool.” It also mentioned “an additional $15 million annually will be available for the Legislature for emerging priorities.” Thus was born Sheldon Silver’s secret health care fund, one major thread in the U.S. Attorney’s stunning criminal complaint against him last week. Silver says he will be vindicated. And what the complaint doesn’t reveal is that the governor and the state senate also had their special funds to spend however they pleased.
Jan 29 2015 Senator Gillibrand's Plan to Fix Parental Leave Audio Report Unlike many other countries, the U.S. has no laws requiring paid maternity or parental leave. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is trying to change that with the Family Act, which she introduced in 2013. She discusses the particulars of the bill and why it has languished in Congress.
Jan 2015 Lisa Robinson-Parker Consumer Fraud Secretary NYSAG There will always be businesses or vendors that try to scam New Yorkers out of their hard-earned money. But the state Attorney General’s Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau is there to help New York residents resolve problems with less-than-honest businesses. Lisa Robinson-Parker, a CSEA member and 24-year secretary in the Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau, sees new cases every day. “People call up and they are very frustrated,” she said. “We try to help them.”
Jan 2015 DiNapoli Releases December State Cash Report NYS is Flush with Money right now State tax collections of just under $8 billion were $474.2 million higher than expected in December and $716.4 million higher than projected three quarters of the way through the state’s fiscal year, according to the December cash report issued today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The state has also collected $4.2 billion from financial settlements since April, approximately $3.9 billion more than initially anticipated, with another $1.3 billion expected. "Strong tax collections in December added to a positive short-term picture for the state’s budget, ”DiNapoli said. “However, revenue that is higher than anticipated today does not always mean flush times tomorrow. We will monitor economic and revenue developments closely as negotiations on a new state budget begin in coming weeks.”
Jan 25 2015 Middle Class Shrinks Further as More Fall Out Instead of Climbing Up The middle class that President Obama identified in his State of the Union speech last week as the foundation of the American economy has been shrinking for almost half a century. In the late 1960s, more than half of the households in the United States were squarely in the middle, earning, in today’s dollars, $35,000 to $100,000 a year. Few people noticed or cared as the size of that group began to fall, because the shift was primarily caused by more Americans climbing the economic ladder into upper-income brackets. But since 2000, the middle-class share of households has continued to narrow, the main reason being that more people have fallen to the bottom. At the same time, fewer of those in this group fit the traditional image of a married couple with children at home, a gap increasingly filled by the elderly.
Jan 21 2015 Maloney, Slaughter gear up for Congress battle over TPP trade authority Democratic Reps.Sean Maloney and Louise Slaughter are gearing up to do legislative battle against President Barack Obama over international trade. The two New Yorkers joined several Democratic House colleagues today in announcing they have enough votes to block legislation to provide “fast”-track” approval of trade pacts. The fast-track process, also known as trade promotion authority, would mean Congress could only approve or reject trade deals signed by the president, but couldn’t amend them. Maloney challenged Obama to visit the Hudson Valley cities he represents, such as Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, Middletown and Port Jervis. “Walk over the broken sidewalks and past the shuttered houses down to the boarded-up factories where generations of middle-class families like the ones so many of us grew up in found opportunity and hope,’’ Maloney said. “My test is a simple one. Show me the middle-class families who are going to benefit in the district I represent. And then you can come and ask for my support.’’
Jan 17 2015 Driving the Obama Tax Plan: The Great Wage Slowdown The key to understanding President Obama’s new plan to cut taxes for the middle class is the great wage slowdown of the 21st century. Wages and incomes for most Americans have now been stagnant for 15 years.
Jan 16 2015 Obama Urges Congress To Make Paid Sick Leave Rule Audio report also President Obama says employers should offer more generous leave policies, including paid sick leave for the 43 million American workers who don't have it. Obama is urging Congress to require that.
Jan 15 2015 Conservative Koch Brothers' Group Puts GOP On Notice The agenda covers three areas: taxes, including repeal of the estate or death tax; energy, headlined by a call to build the Keystone XL pipeline; and health care, which includes repealing the Affordable Care Act. Phillips noted that Washington has debated all of the issues for years.
Jan 13 2015 Want to Be Happy? Join A Union For those who belong to a union, membership seems to bring a benefit that perhaps surpasses better wages or generous health insurance: higher life satisfaction. Video As they write in the report, they found that “union members are more satisfied with their lives than those who are not members and that the substantive effect of union membership on life satisfaction is large and rivals other common predictors of quality of life.”
Jan 11 2015 Tom DiNapoli touts strength of NYS pension at swearing-in New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli touted the strength of the state's pension fund and called for campaign finance reform during his swearing-in ceremony Sunday at Hofstra University. In his speech at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, DiNapoli said the state's finances are in better shape than when he first took office in 2007. "It's taken a number of years for New York to be in a stronger position, but we are," DiNapoli said. The praise comes as DiNapoli enters his ninth year in the job. DiNapoli won his November election with 60 percent of the statewide vote. He also won Suffolk and Nassau counties on his native Long Island with more votes that Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Dec 18 2014 Anti Union Forces Try Their Luck in County Laws Conservative groups are opening a new front in their effort to reshape American law, arguing that local governments have the power to write their own rules on a key labor issue that has, up to now, been the prerogative of states. Beginning here in the hometown of Senator Rand Paul and the Chevy Corvette, groups including the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Heritage Foundation and a newly formed nonprofit called Protect My Check are working together to influence local governments the same way they have influenced state legislatures, and anti-union ordinances are just the first step in the coordinated effort they envision. Doing this county by county, city by city is more time consuming, but it’s also more time consuming and draining for the unions to fight.”
Nov 2014 Unions: Among the Few Interest Groups Representing the Middle Class The efforts of unions and other groups that represent the interests of the middle class and the poor are critical for making democracy work. Few individuals have the time or resources for sustained engagement with the political system, especially among the poor and middle class. Interest groups provide the structure for individuals to pool their resources on behalf of their preferred policies, provide legal and regulatory expertise, and ensure effective implementation of policies—working not only to help pass legislation but also lobbying for implementation once policies have been passed. They also can mobilize members, and often the general public, at key points throughout the legislative process.
Tom DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller endorsed by both the CSEA and PEF unions, talks about the value of the credentialed and qualified CSEA workers in his office, the record high NYS Pension System fund balance, and, at the 10 minute mark, defends the importance of keeping the current Defined Benefit pension system we all contributed to as municipal workers.
Aug 20 2014 12 Recent Victories for Workers in Raising Wages and Collective Bargaining AFSCME President Lee Saunders announced that the union has organized more than 90,000 workers this year, nearly doubling its 2014 goal of 50,000.
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