How to spend a $6 billion windfall

New York State is in the process of collecting more than $6 billion in fines and penalties from financial institutions accused of violating state or federal laws.

What should the state do with this unprecedented windfall? That’s one of the biggest questions facing Governor Cuomo and the Legislature in early 2015.

The Empire Center has been out front with an answer: invest in infrastructure, especially highway and bridge reconstruction work, which has become too reliant on borrowed money and is in danger of becoming seriously underfunded...

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Tax cap 2, NYSUT 0

New York’s property tax cap has survived a legal challenge from the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) for the second time in six months.


Local websites improve bit by byte

At least some local government and school officials are working to make their websites more useful and informative.

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Shining a light on teacher union contracts

Few school districts share teacher contracts with taxpayers — and so the Empire Center has stepped into the breach by doing it for them.