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NY Counties Squeezed By Lower Gas Prices, Taxes

Cheap gas prices are making consumers happy at the pump, but not everyone is benefiting from the lower prices. New York’s counties, who impose a sales tax on gasoline, have lost over $200 million in revenues.
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Cheap gas prices are making consumers happy at the pump, but not everyone is benefiting from the lower prices. New York’s counties, who impose a sales tax on gasoline, have lost over $200 million in revenues.

A string of attacks on cities, schools and workplaces has prompted many employers to turn to a new area of security for their employees: active-shooter training.

Until about a decade ago, workplace security focused mostly on preventing theft. Now, businesses are trying to give their employees guidelines on how to escape or handle armed intruders.

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Farewell, Chicago. One of the Southern Tier’s airports is losing an airline and, therefore, a destination.

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Governor Cuomo says he’s fighting a proposed merger of Key Bank with first Niagara Bank, saying it would limit choice for New York consumers and could possibly violate antitrust laws.

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Whether it's a Swedish folk concert or a talent show in Binghamton, Crystal Sarakas and Entertainment Editor for the Gannett Papers have a few ideas for how to spend your weekend.

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(WRVO) A farm initiative lead by state Sen. Patty Ritchie plans to restore $12 million to research programs slated to be cut under Cuomo's  budget plan.

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Governor Tom Wolf is calling for a more than $2 billion increase in state spending and a tax hike to pay for the new programs. One state agency gets a particularly big boost in the governor's budget proposal: the state Department of Human Services. DHS is responsible for Medicaid, programs for people with intellectual disabilities, and child care and child welfare services.

Wolf Says PA Will Move Forward On Cleaner Power Plan

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The Wolf administration says it will continue with plans to comply with new federal mandates to reduce the state’s carbon emissions despite a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, which put a hold on Obama’s landmark effort to combat climate change. 

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has released a report that it says shows the benefits of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next few years. Business groups charge the study is biased.

Cuomo has been pushing hard for a phased-in minimum wage of $15 an hour. He put the proposal into his state budget and campaigned for the measure with Vice President Joe Biden.

Wolf Proposes 6.5 Per Cent Tax On Marcellus Shale

Feb 10, 2016
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Governor Wolf wants the state’s natural gas drillers to pay a 6.5 percent tax on Marcellus Shale production, which he estimates will bring in $217.8 million dollars for fiscal year 2016/2017 to the general fund. It’s a bold move for a governor who failed to get anywhere last year with the lower 5 percent extraction tax proposal.

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