In order to save and create jobs in New York state during this down economy, it is important now more than ever to take action.
On this week’s edition of Your Voice in Albany, I discuss a tax cutting plan that could help jump start more businesses in New York state and create jobs. I also discuss a tax incentive that could help veterans obtain jobs after serving our country, and I weigh in on the current debate over whether or not to raise the minimum wage in New York state.
The 2012-12 budget increases aid to school districts, provides Medicaid relief to counties, and restores funding to the EPIC program. It also is the second state budget in a row that spends less than the prior year. This is the first time that this has been done in 30 years. You can hear more about the budget on this televised edition of Your Voice in Albany. The video was taped on March 29, 2012.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses his bill to expand the Foreign Trade Zone on this week's edition of Your Voice in Albany. He also talks about local projects under the "New York Works" program, to help fix roads, bridges and parks, while creating jobs.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about the Senate's one house budget bill on Your Voice in Albany. He also provides details on the new pension plan, the reallocation of school aid, and restored funding to the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) Program. The interview was taped on March 19, 2012.
Historic legislation has been signed into law to make New York state the first "all crimes DNA" state in the nation. On this week’s edition of Your Voice in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco shares some compelling stories from crime victims and explains how this DNA databank expansion will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to victims, prevent future crimes, and exonerate the innocently convicted.
New York state is close to finalizing a budget, so the Senator also brings you up-to-date on the budget progress.
On this week's edition of Your Voice in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco addresses a disruptive group of protestors, who showed incivility in Senate Chambers during the Pledge of Allegiance. He also discusses the Senate's redistricting reform bill, which would provide an independent body for future redistricting in New York State. Plus, he seeks your feedback on state budget issues.
During the Legislative Public Budget Hearing on Higher Education, I questioned SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher about the staggering cost of remedial education, and I triggered discussion on finding a possible solution to the problem. You can watch a clip from this exchange during the Albany-based television program, Your Voice.
Also on this week's Your Voice, I address the Film Tax Credit, which could benefit Central New York. Thank you for sharing your voice with me on the issues that matter most to you.
Following the Legislative Public Health and Medicaid Hearing, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined the television program, Your Voice in Albany, to discusses Medicaid reform and ways to reduce cost without reducing quality of care. The Senator also addressed solutions for making home healthcare more cost effective.
The New York Senate recently passed the DNA Databank Expansion Bill. On this week's episode of the television program, Your Voice, in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains how the measure could improve the safety in your community, solve more crimes, and help exonerate the innocent.
This week's edition of Your Voice in Albany includes highlights from the Legislative Public Budget Hearings on education, transportation, and workforce issues. Pension reform has been a major topic in these hearings.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget Proposal on the television program, Your Voice. The Senator also answers some of your specific questions and addresses upcoming legislative budget hearings. You can let your voice be heard in Albany by watching this week's edition of Your Voice with Senator John DeFrancisco.
New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the 2012 Legislative Session with Julia Lilkendey on Your Voice in Albany. Some of the Senator's key priorities include: job creation, reduced state spending, mandate relief and Medicaid reform. He is also seeking YOUR feedback on the 2012 New York State budget.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco has started his collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers. You can drop off your old cell phones at various collection sites throughout Onondaga County. During a recent press conference, the Senator explained why the non-profit program is so important to soldiers and their families.