A $15-an-hour minimum wage

The $15-an-hour minimum wage approved by the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo in April 2016 will reduce employment opportunities and harm the state's economic outlook. Read the Empire Center's research that warned New York about the consequences.

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Pols aim for design-build

A costly pro-union rider has been attached to legislation authorizing the use of design-build by New York City, and could set a troubling precedent.


Music, video gamers get $50m subsidy

The state Legislature has just voted to hand $50 million a year in tax subsidies to music and video game producers.


Opioid fight yields a new mandate

In response to the opioid epidemic, state lawmakers are indulging a habit-forming practice of their own: imposing mandates on health insurance.