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May 23, 2017

Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is sending Congress a $4.1 trillion spending plan that relies on faster economic growth and steep cuts to programs supporting low-income individuals to balance the government’s books over the next decade. The proposed budget, for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, was being delivered to Congress Tuesday, setting […]

Feb 16, 2017

Keeping Your Balance: The importance of budgeting

Budget — “a mathematical confirmation of your suspicions.” The budgeting process is not a glorious task. It is often extremely labor intensive, an exercise in number crunching and adds little or no value to the company. The traditional bottom-up budget technique exhausts the financial resources of the company and the end product does not result […]

Jan 31, 2017

Money Management: Budgeting through the ages

The importance of a budget never really goes away, but it doesn’t have to be as scary as some make it out to be. I’ll review three stages in life and the types of things that could be in your budget at those times. As a young adult, learning how to create, and stick to, […]

Jan 19, 2017

Women and Money: Fancy pants and financial discipline

I sat across from a new client recently and declared, “You’re a fancy pants … I know this because it takes one to know one.” To her credit, this client took my comment in stride, and we had a good laugh about the telltale signs of a true fancy pants. This started as a conversation […]

Dec 6, 2016

NY state court system seeks $2.18 billion budget

  Officials at the New York State Unified Court System have submitted a $2.18 billion budget request for the 2017-18 fiscal year that includes a $15 million upgrade in technology and security equipment and 200 new workers. The spending plan that covers the period starting April 1, 2017, is a $42.7 million (2 percent) increase […]

Apr 11, 2014

Cuomo touts budget pros to property owners

Army Reserve Col. Andrew Evans said any tax increase in a middle class family’s tax bill is too much of an increase. Evans, who introduced Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the governor’s April 10 visit to Irondequoit, called the state budget approved March 31 “great news” for working and middle-class families, in part because of a […]

Jan 22, 2014

Governor: Bring judiciary budget ‘in line’

For the second time in his first term, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is asking the judiciary to cut its budget. He did not mention the court system in his budget address Tuesday, but issued a separate commentary, noting the judiciary has requested $2.1 billion for court operations, not including employee benefits. That, according to Cuomo, […]

Dec 12, 2013

Legislators OK budget, not sheriff’s pay hike

Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn won’t be getting a $37,300 pay raise next year, but child-care advocates hoping to see $1.3 million restored for child-care subsidies also walked away unhappy after Monroe County legislators OK’d by a 19-10 party line vote a more than $1 billion budget. Majority Leader Steve Tucciarello, R-Gates, said Tuesday the budget holds […]

Dec 3, 2013

Judiciary seeks increase in funds, Family Court judges

The state judiciary says it is no longer able to maintain its constitutional duty of operating the court system without an increase in its budget. After five years of submitting an essentially flat spending request, the judiciary is asking for $1.81 billion for fiscal 2014-15, an increase of $44.2 million or 2.5 percent from the […]

Jun 11, 2013

Council takes look at mounted patrol

Members of Rochester’s City Council want more answers about the mayor’s proposal to cut the police department’s mounted patrol unit, which many say is a popular and effective program. A hearing on the police department’s $86 million budget was held Tuesday. Cutting the patrol would mean a savings of about $100,000 in horses and related […]

Mar 27, 2013

Lawmakers criticized for budget votes at night

ALBANY — Good-government groups are slamming New York’s legislature for what one senator called “vampire” voting because much of the new $135 billion budget is built on reviving taxes and the bills are being voted on in the dead of night. The Assembly is preparing to give final legislative approval to the budget, likely during […]

Mar 23, 2013

NY lawmakers blast proposed ‘Tonight’ tax credit

ALBANY — Some New York lawmakers are upset with a proposed tax credit that would benefit NBC if it moves “The Tonight Show” from California to New York City. As reports circulated that Jimmy Fallon is poised to become the show’s host, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a bill that would give a 30 percent credit […]

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