Sunday, January 14, 2007

AM Roundup

Albany Times Union gives us a very well written article on A promising education "On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King called on the United States to "(honor) the sacred obligation" represented by the "promissory note" the Founders had signed: "America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds.' " It is a debt still owing, despite some incremental installments paid, and the shortfall is most evident where our national investment in education is concerned.
Earlier this month, in his first State of the State message, Gov. Eliot Spitzer took major steps toward paying the note. He placed education at the core of his plans for economic innovation and community development. " meanwhile the Plattsburgh Press Republican tells us
Government must fulfill its responsibility to keep the public informed "Newspaper reporters and professional information gatherers of all kinds have been frustrated for years over the inability to get even the smallest of facts released or confirmed by a state agency without first having to contact the public-affairs officer attached to a particular office." In fairness to this policy...the goal here is not to hide things..so much as to make sure what is reported is accurate information...The Albany Times Union thinks NY State should Share the fruits of state research "Over the past decade, New York has dramatically increased the amount of public money spent on scientific research. If Gov. Eliot Spitzer's new plan to fund $2 billion in stem cell and other medical research is enacted, the state's commitment and the taxpayer's stake will soar even higher.
Who should control, profit and otherwise benefit from discoveries made in publicly funded laboratories across the Empire State? How you settle such matters is known as intellectual property policy. And like most states, New York doesn't have one." Newsday reports that a Pataki Appointee
Scully walking in Dems territory "As a leftover Republican appointee of Gov. George Pataki , Peter Scully, the regional boss of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, ought to be a dead man walking."......he still may be...stay tuned....and finally Liz Benjamin(Capitol Confidential) lets us know " State Assemblyman Robert “Bob” Reilly, D-Colonie, said today he will reintroduce legislation to ban public officers who have been convicted of a felony related to their job from receiving their state pension benefits." Baby there will be No Pension For You andy

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