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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Bending NY’s Medicaid curve

Per-recipient Medicaid spending has slowed during Governor Andrew Cuomo's term, declining at about twice the national average rate.


Another slow-growth sign for upstate

New federal data on economic output by metropolitan area are providing a fresh perspective on upstate's persistent economic weakness.


August jobs: more of the same

New York's preliminary employment numbers August were a near-repeat of July, with 96 percent of new private jobs created downstate.