Tag: State Legislatures

Editorial Observer: Democrats in Albany Let the Good Times Roll

Democrats in Albany had something altogether new and unfamiliar to warm them in bitter chill that marks the start of the legislative season: power. In November, the party won real control of the State Senate for the first time in more than a half-century. This week, Democratic senators — along with […]

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With New Voting Laws, Democrats Flex Newfound Power in New York

ALBANY — After years of lagging behind other states, New York was set to radically overhaul its system of voting and elections on Monday, taking up several bills that would allow early voting, preregistration of minors, voting by mail and sharp limits on the influence of money. The bills, which […]

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New York Today: N.Y. Today: Changing Queens, From D.A. Brown to Ocasio-Cortez

Weather: Bright but wicked cold, with wind chills around 12 this morning and a high of 31. Cold all weekend. Chance of snow tomorrow night. Alternate-side parking: in effect till Jan. 21. ImageRichard Brown has been in office for a long time.CreditHilary Swift for The New York Times A lot […]

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Gavin Newsom’s First Budget Calls for Big Spending and Paying Down Debt

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a blizzard of new spending in his first budget, calling for increased expenditures on education, homelessness and poverty, as well as programs to bolster California’s long-term fiscal health. His $209 billion proposal, which now goes to the Legislature, left little doubt that California, already […]

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Early Voting and Other Election Reforms Coming to New York

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — For years, the ways in which voters in New York have been stymied by the state’s antiquated voting laws have stood in stark contrast to the state’s liberal reputation. During last year’s […]

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As Big Retailers Seek to Cut Their Tax Bills, Towns Bear the Brunt

WAUWATOSA, Wis. — With astonishing range and rapidity, big-box retailers and corporate giants are using an aggressive legal tactic to shrink their property tax bills, a strategy that is costing local governments and school districts around the country hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue. These businesses — many […]

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California Forces Pet Stores to Sell Only Dogs and Cats From Shelters

California this week became the first state in the nation to bar pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits unless they come from animal shelters or rescue groups. The law targets the controversial breeding facilities known as puppy mills or kitten factories, which often operate with little or no […]

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Albany: Put New York’s Needs Before Your Own

After winning a $50,000 raise and becoming the highest-paid state legislators in the country, lawmakers in New York, one might think, would turn their focus to the people’s work. Instead, the Assembly speaker, Carl Heastie, whined this week that the pay increase didn’t keep up with the increase in the […]

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Two Companies Finally Speak Up

This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday. First, if you doubt that Republicans are becoming more willing to defy President Trump, consider the Senate’s vote on the crisis in Yemen yesterday. Senators don’t normally rein in a […]

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Don’t Weasel Out of Ethics Reforms, Albany

Give one group of New York officials a pat on the back, and another inevitably slaps you in the face. It was good news that a special pay committee recommended that state legislators not only get a substantial raise to recognize that their positions are full time jobs but that […]

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Democrats in New Jersey Have a Firm Grip on Power. They Want Even More.

TRENTON — [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Legislative power brokers across the country have long designed district lines in back-room deals that entrenched their control for years, if not decades. But now, Democratic lawmakers in New Jersey are carrying […]

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The Corporate Donors Behind a Republican Power Grab

Walgreens portrays itself as the friendly neighborhood drugstore. It gives flu shots to children, helps communities after storms, donates to charity — and makes feel-good advertisements trumpeting its various good deeds. But Walgreens also has a tougher side, one you won’t see in those ads. To protect a tax break, […]

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Albany Lawmakers May Get Their First Raise in 20 Years. Do They Deserve One?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Considering Albany’s rotten reputation, the idea of giving New York’s 213 elected lawmakers a raise is a tough sell. On Thursday, they took a giant step toward that goal when a four-person commission recommended […]

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Behind the Scenes in Wisconsin: A Republican Power Play, Months in the Making

MADISON, Wis. — Last spring, after Wisconsin Democrats seized a state legislative seat long held by Republicans and sent a liberal justice to the State Supreme Court, Republicans began to worry. Gov. Scott Walker, preparing to seek a third term, warned his fellow Republicans on Twitter of the “risk of […]

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Michigan G.O.P. Starts Limiting Power of Incoming Democratic Leaders

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Republicans, following the tactics of conservative lawmakers in Wisconsin, moved on Thursday to start limiting the power of the incoming Democratic secretary of state and set the stage for additional curbs on the Democrats who will take over as governor and attorney general in January. The […]

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A Good Call by Albany’s Pay Committee

When it comes to Albany, every labored step out of the ethical muck is something to celebrate. For this reason, it was a relief on Thursday that a committee set up to determine lawmakers’ pay enacted reforms limiting outside income and eliminating most committee stipends, known as “lulus,” alongside a […]

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Wisconsin Republicans Approve Bills Stripping Power From Incoming Democratic Governor

MADISON, Wis. — After a rancorous, sleepless night of debate, Republican lawmakers early Wednesday pushed through a sweeping set of bills that will limit the power of Wisconsin’s incoming governor, a Democrat. The legislation, which Democrats vehemently opposed and protesters chanted their anger over, passed through the Republican-held State Legislature […]

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No Back Room Raise for Albany

In an attempt to secure a pay raise while sparing themselves the unseemliness of publicly voting for one, Albany lawmakers outsourced the job to a committee of four notable figures. The committee, which must issue a report by Monday, has been delegated the authority to issue pay recommendations that would […]

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Wisconsin Is About to Make a Huge Mistake

Late Friday afternoon, less than a month after a Democrat, Tony Evers, defeated Scott Walker, the incumbent Republican governor, Robin Vos, the Republican Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, followed through on his threat to strip the new governor of some of his power. That day, an assembly committee released […]

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