List by Author: Bob Price

No plan to offer gas extraction tax in budget package

06.30.14 | Bob Price

Proponents of a state severance tax on natural gas extraction may not be able to offer amendments to enact one because the General Assembly does not plan to bring up a budget companion bill that sets tax rates, legislative leaders said ...

Conestoga Wood Specialties wins in Supreme Court religious freedom appeal

06.30.14 | Bob Price

The conservative Mennonite owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties reacted with applause and prayer Monday after the Supreme Court upheld their religious objection to covering emergency contraception. In a 5-4 ruling, the Court said the federal ...

Deadline Arrives for New York Casino Applications

06.30.14 | Bob Price

Forget fax machines or email attachments - developers hoping to build casinos in New York state used boxes, binders and trucks to submit their proposals to gambling regulators ahead of Monday's application deadline. Contenders for one of up to ...

New York Top Court OKs Local Gas-Drilling Bans

06.30.14 | Bob Price

New York's top court handed a victory to opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas Monday by affirming the right of municipalities to ban the practice within their borders. The state Court of Appeals affirmed a midlevel appeals court ...

NY to Delay Common Core Teacher Evaluations

06.20.14 | Bob Price

   New York legislative leaders and Governor Andrew Cuomo have finalized a deal to delay Common Core-related teacher evaluations. The bill essentially delays for two years common core test results from teacher evaluations, shielding them ...

Empire State Divided on Gun Control

06.16.14 | Bob Price

 Polls show a majority of New Yorkers support the Safe Act but it's intensely disliked upstate where hunting and the gun culture are strong. Anti-safe signs are a common site on rural lawns. Analysts doubt that angering traditional republican ...

NY Cracks Down on Teacher Certification

06.16.14 | Bob Price

Teacher certification requirements went un-enforced in more than 4-thousand New York classrooms last year. The State Education Department says hiring an un-qualified teacher is a misdemeanor crime for a school board. But the state does virtually ...

PA House Scraps Pension Reform Plans

06.11.14 | Bob Price

  Members of the Republican majority met privately on the topic for hours yesterday afternoon but a spokesman says a complicated proposal to create a hybrid pension system for future school and state workers generated many questions but not a ...

SUNY Chancellor Touts Common Core

06.11.14 | Bob Price

Top education official Nancy Zimpher will head a group of 200 college and university leaders from 33 states. Together, they'll advocate for the tougher learning standards. State leaders have made modifications to the controversial program this ...

Town of Tyre Fights Casino Development

06.10.14 | Bob Price

Residents of this farming community are appealing a judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit that would stop a Rochester real estate developer from pursuing a $350M casino and resort in the town of Tyre with 2,000 slots, 100 gaming tables, and a ...

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