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With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, Senate Democrats are staging a renewed push to pass a collection of 11 bills they claim will create thousands of jobs.

But the package would cost the state more than $100 million.

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Chancellor Nancy Zimpher was onstage today in a live webcast, presenting SUNY's new report card - for itself.

The document is called the "Power of SUNY Report Card."

It "grades" the State University of New York on 90 measures that include graduation rates, diversity of enrolled students and jobs created by on-campus sponsored research.

SUNY plans to measure itself against these numbers in years to come to see if its impact on New York state is making the grade. The main metrics: creating more jobs, establishing more partnerships and reaching more students.

SUNY is trying to reach those goals in spite of state budget cuts that have reduced state aid by 30 percent since the start of the recession.

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Remember Governor Cuomo's regional economic councils? They were gone, and then in the final budget they were back.

Now one member of the Republican leadership in the State Senate says he's had a change of heart about the governor's plan for growing jobs.

Speaking in mid-March, Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous (R-Binghamton) said he was "not sold" on the idea of regional economic councils.

"I've gone to companies," Libous said. "I give sales pitches because I believe in my community and probably I can give a better sales pitch than someone in economic development."

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Just because New York lawmakers passed a state budget doesn't mean the debate ends.  The Innovation Trail is continuing its series of commentaries about how to get the state's fiscal house in order.  The opinions contained in this commentary are those of Syracuse University political science professor Grant Reeher.

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Just because New York lawmakers passed a state budget doesn't mean the debate ends.  The Innovation Trail is continuing its series of commentaries about how to get the state's fiscal house in order.  The opinions contained in this commentary are those of Cayuga Community College's Daniel Larson.  His piece is part of the Innovation Trail's "Budget Solutions" series of guest blog posts.

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