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posticon First Impression - Cutting the Cable (Switching to Streaming TV)

Business | Friday, February 17, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Cutting the Cable

Three weeks ago I finally did something I had been thinking about doing for at least two years - I 'cut the cable'.  That's what people are calling switching from cable to streaming TV.  The challenge was to save money while still getting the entertainment I wanted on my television set.  Part of the challenge was making both my wife and me happy with whatever we did.  She doesn't like learning curves, but every time I scrolled through a hundred or two channels and couldn't find anything I want to watch, it reminded me how much I don't like cable bills.

So I marched into the cable office and turned in my set top box and remote control, and 'downgraded' my account to 'internet only'.  I figured I could save between $50 and over $100 per month depending on how you calculate it (more on that later) plus get most of the shows we care about as well as some things not offered on cable.

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posticon Executive Budget Diminishes Independent Oversight

Business | Friday, February 17, 2017 | By New York State Comptroller's Office Print
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The $162.2 billion New York State Executive Budget includes proposals to address infrastructure needs while reducing out-year gaps, but shifts some spending off-budget and would expand Executive authority to reshape spending and programs without legislative input, according to a reportreleased today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

“The 2017-18 Executive Budget seeks to balance spending and revenue and proposes much needed capital investments in clean water projects while increasing funding for education, health care and other programs,” DiNapoli said. “Still, several proposals raise issues regarding checks and balances over use of the public’s dollars and would diminish independent oversight.”

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