"The new budget keeps state spending below a two percent cap for a third consecutive year, funds programs and services important to many in our communities and includes new tax relief to help families and businesses. On-time is what should always be the case, but doing so three years in a row, given the past track record, is a good trend.
State Senator Betty Little said the new state budget will provide a big financial boost for repairing local roads and bridges. Funding will increase $75 million for CHIPS, which stands for Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program. CHIPS funding has remained flat the past five years. The increase brings CHIPS funding for the 2013-14 fiscal year to a little more than $438 million.
Salmon River Rocks the House – The Salmon River High School Band performed in Albany Wednesday, March 20, 2013, participating in the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) “Music in Our Schools” program. Under the direction of their conductor, Mrs. Cindy Healy, the students performed several rock songs, including Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, for an audience in the Concourse of the Empire Plaza at the State Capital.
The State Senate today approved legislation that would allow towns to set maximum speed limits on local roads. Currently, cities, villages and towns with populations of 50,000 or greater can do so without New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) approval.
Scott McLaughlin of Lucky Strike Lanes is pictured in Albany with Senator Betty Little on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. McLaughlin was advocating on behalf of the New York State Bowling Proprietors Association and discussed issues including the proposed minimum wage increase, vendor fees for video lottery terminals and civil liability concerns.
David Lloyd, a renowned tenor and past director of the Lake George Opera, was honored by the State Legislature this past week. The Senate and Assembly adopted resolutions recognizing Lloyd’s opera career and lifetime contributions to the arts.
A bipartisan group of state senators has proposed a plan to strengthen New York’s agricultural industry by providing targeted tax relief and increasing state financial support for programs expanding markets for New York-grown products.
Senator Betty Little today joined her colleagues in proposing the 2013 Family Tax Relief Act. The plan would increase existing child tax credits and the state’s dependent exemption for income taxes and restore funding for the STAR rebate check.
Minority and woman-owned businesses interested in learning how to become certified to do business with New York State are invited to attend a public forum in Lake Placid on Friday March 1. The meeting is being co-hosted by Senator Betty Little, Empire State Development and the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation.
Youth bureau lobbies in Albany – Members of the Washington County Youth Bureau are pictured with Senator Betty Little on Tuesday, February 12 in Albany. The students met with Little to discuss funding for youth programs, gun control and raising the state’s minimum wage. Pictured from left are: Emily Campbell, Erica Reynolds, Kassondra Ambrosi, Program Coordinator Kevin Ely, Senator Little and Phil Hicks.
State Senator Betty Little has been reappointed chair of the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee for the 2013-14 legislative session, a position she has held the past two years.