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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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.


Cuomo’s Southern Tier hype

Governor Cuomo continues to misuse economic data in an attempt to prove that his policies are boosting upstate—even the sagging Southern Tier.

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Local tax cap under one percent

Local governments with fiscal years beginning Jan. 1 will again base their tax caps on a growth factor of less than one percent.

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