progressive agenda

Karen DeWitt / WXXI News

Progressive democrats in the New York state legislature took a victory lap after passing a budget that achieves many of the groups’ long term goals, including a substantial increase in taxes on the wealthy and the fulfillment of a 15 year old court order to fully fund the schools.  Meanwhile,  Governor Andrew Cuomo, who's embroiled in several scandals, put the best face on items that did not go his way. 

Karen DeWitt / WXXI News

Progressive groups, including the New York Civil Liberties Union, say they are frustrated that action on left-leaning issues has stalled in New York in the final weeks of the legislative session.