A $15-an-hour minimum wage

Further increases in New York State’s minimum wage over the next few years will reduce employment opportunities and harm the state's economic outlook. Read the Empire Center's research that warned about the consequences of Governor Cuomo’s original proposal to hike the minimum to $15 an hour.

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E.R. usage rates defy expectations

New Yorkers in Medicaid managed care use emergency rooms more often, not less, than those in the old-style “fee for service” program.


Medicaid reform comes under fire

A report criticizing Medicaid's costly managed long-term care program must be read with caution.


Job growth in NY remains uneven

Upstate New York's largest metro areas experienced little or no job private-sector growth during the year ending in June.