Tuesday, January 17, 2012


CUOMO'S AGENDA FACES LATINO PUSHBACK: Leaders of Latino community groups pushed back hard on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's second-year agenda at a State of the State event in Manhattan last week, criticizing his budget cuts, transportation plan, education strategy and Medicaid approach: http://bit.ly/yJ5XJY  


* Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget will include a pension reform plan that covers New York City workers, police and firefighters, forcing them to choose between enrolling in a 401(k) or a pension plan with less generous benefits, the Daily News reports: http://nydn.us/xvVSvc

* New York's teacher unions will have one month to agree to a teacher evaluation plan before Cuomo writes his own plan into the state's budget, the Post reports: http://nyp.st/AhhwP1

* While Cuomo's budget will seek to reduce government funded pension plans for employees, it is unclear if he will address state takeover of Medicaid costs, a major concern of those calling for mandate relief, Buffalo News' Tom Precious writes: http://bit.ly/yU06GH

* City Comptroller John Liu disapproves of a $10 million no-bid contract that would pay a News Corp. Affiliate run by former schools chancellor Joel Klein to track student test scores, the Daily News writes: http://nydn.us/w0kjDa

* Contract negotiations between the MTA and Transit Workers Union Local 100 are stalling as the union seeks wage increases pegged to inflation, the Journal reports: http://on.wsj.com/AvnxU8

* The Occupy Wall Street movement has nearly spent more than $700,000 in donations it received last fall, and its monetary support is drying up, the Wall Street Journal writes: http://on.wsj.com/w0USos

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