The enacted state budget was released last week. However, this the State is seeing a tad less revenue than anticipated thanks to a court decision to delay the collection of cigarette excise taxes until after a June hearing. Additionally, the rejection by Council 82 of a contract that the Cuomo administration had hoped would be a template for agreements with other, larger unions, is a set back as well. New York State Budget Director Robert Megna discusses both issues with us today.
And then we debate the cigarette excise tax issue with two guests: James Calvin of the New York Association of Convenience Stores and Seneca activist John Kane, host of the “Let’s talk Native” radio show.