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Cuomo's inflated statistic feeds phony tax cut Newsday,This is a link to an External Website
March 24, 2014 :: Op-Eds & Articles
"Sunshine" from the Empire Center

Contact: David Lombardo, (518) 434-3100, dlombardo@empirecenter.org

March 19, 2014
FOIL needs to catch up to technology advances Syracuse Post-Standard,This is a link to an External Website
March 18, 2014 :: Op-Eds & Articles
See-Through Government Transparency Act
Complete report in PDF format
March 18, 2014 :: Policy Briefings
Streamlining SEQR

How to Reform New York's "Environmental" Planning Law

by: E.J. McMahon and Michael Wright
Complete report in PDF format
December 16, 2013 :: Special Reports
End unnecessary barriers to state growth Albany Times Union,This is a link to an External Website
December 15, 2013 :: Op-Eds & Articles
McMahon Testimony on Local Government Fiscal Distress
Complete report in PDF format
August 27, 2013 :: Testimony
Will Cuomo punt? New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
May 09, 2013 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Police and fire pay keep rising, benefits sticky under arbitration

By E.J. McMahon & Michael Wright

Complete report in PDF format
May 09, 2013 :: Policy Briefings
Governor Cuomo should push harder on arbitration Newsday,This is a link to an External Website
February 24, 2013 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Transformation, not New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
December 19, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Funds could help state streamline services Albany Times Union,This is a link to an External Website
November 26, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Should they get a raise?
November 21, 2012
Shrinking the retiree health care icebergThis is a link to an External Website
October 25, 2012 :: Special Reports
Steve Bellone should embrace transparency Newsday,This is a link to an External Website
September 13, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Cuomo can help save ailing local governments Newsday,This is a link to an External Website
September 09, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
New York’s health-care time bomb New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
September 07, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Suffolk police pact still leaves questions Newsday,This is a link to an External Website
August 16, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Mission creep on welfare reform New York Daily News,This is a link to an External Website
August 13, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Suffolk cop deal is no big win for taxpayers Newsday,This is a link to an External Website
August 04, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Why teacher pension costs will keep rising Newsday (Viewsday Blog),This is a link to an External Website
July 07, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Higher minimum wage bad for jobs Newsday,This is a link to an External Website
June 14, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Wisconsin vote empowers Cuomo Newsday,This is a link to an External Website
June 07, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Gov’s health end-run New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
April 17, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
The perils of Cuomo's Medicaid reform New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
April 04, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Unions v. NY youth New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
March 23, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Don't believe Cuomo's pension hype Newsday,This is a link to an External Website
March 18, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Albany's got to grow the economy Newsday,This is a link to an External Website
March 15, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Without this fix, it’s not reform New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
March 10, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Measuring average public pensions
Complete report in PDF format
March 09, 2012 :: Research Bulletin
Guv goes squishy on pension reform Newsday,This is a link to an External Website
March 01, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
DC plans have some advantages Syracuse Post-Standard,This is a link to an External Website
February 26, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
New York has a public pension crisis fix Washington Examiner,This is a link to an External Website
February 24, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
NY, seek a smarter pension reform Newsday,This is a link to an External Website
February 16, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Optimal Option

SUNY's Personal Retirement Plan As a Model for Pension Reform

Complete report in PDF format
February 16, 2012 :: Special Reports
Optimal Option, Section 1

SUNY's Personal Retirement Plan As a Model for Pension Reform

Complete report in PDF format
February 16, 2012
State should take over SSI payment function Syracuse Post-Standard,This is a link to an External Website
February 13, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Russell Sykes Testimony: Managing the SSI State Suplement

Before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee

February 13, 2012 :: Testimony
Triborough blocks fiscal sanity Newsday,This is a link to an External Website
January 26, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
E.J. McMahon Testimony:Tier 6 Pension

Before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee

Complete report in PDF format
January 25, 2012 :: Testimony
Drop Triborough Amendment to control expenses Buffalo News,This is a link to an External Website
January 16, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Cuomo is wrong about food stamps New York Daily News,This is a link to an External Website
January 12, 2012 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Triborough Trouble

How an obscure state law guarantees pay hikes for government employees

Complete report in PDF format
January 11, 2012 :: Special Reports
For $62 million, N.Y. had better create jobs Albany Times Union,This is a link to an External Website
December 15, 2011 :: Op-Eds & Articles
New York State's Property Tax Cap

A Citizens Guide

Complete report in PDF format
November 30, 2011 :: Special Reports
Why labor could afford to slap the gov New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
September 28, 2011 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Savior of the Empire State City Journal,This is a link to an External Website
August 01, 2011 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Will Cuomo's fix go far enough? New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
May 18, 2011 :: Op-Eds & Articles
See-Through Government Transparency ActThis is a link to an External Website
March 16, 2011 :: Policy Briefings
Make public disclosures simpler Rochester Democrat & Chronicle,This is a link to an External Website
March 13, 2011 :: Op-Eds & Articles
The Case for a Cap

Why and How It Can Work in New York

Complete report in PDF format
March 01, 2011 :: Special Reports
E.J. McMahon Testimony: Property Tax Cap

Before the New York State Assembly

Complete report in PDF format
March 01, 2011 :: Testimony
Cuomo's tied down New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
February 28, 2011 :: Op-Eds & Articles
E.J. McMahon Testimony: Mandate Relief

Before the New York State Senate

Complete report in PDF format
February 17, 2011 :: Testimony
Gov Comes Down on Taxpayers’ Side New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
January 31, 2011 :: Op-Eds & Articles
State Bankruptcy Is a Bad Idea Wall Street Journal,This is a link to an External Website
January 24, 2011 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Mike Bloomberg's pension misfire New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
January 21, 2011 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Right target, Andrew New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
January 05, 2011 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Limits on spending and property tax caps are critical Times Union,This is a link to an External Website
January 02, 2011 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Wage Freeze Picks Up Steam in Albany

Empire Center Web Alert

December 14, 2010
This Bomb Just Stopped Ticking New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
December 08, 2010 :: Op-Eds & Articles
New York's Exploding Pension Costs, Page 2
Complete report in PDF format
December 07, 2010 :: Reports
New York's Exploding Pension Costs
Complete report in PDF format
December 07, 2010 :: Special Reports
Cuomo's Nassau Test New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
November 29, 2010 :: Op-Eds & Articles
A bat for the gov New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
November 15, 2010 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Now comes the real fight New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
November 03, 2010 :: Op-Eds & Articles
The Employer Rush To NY's Exits New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
October 07, 2010 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Is New York ungovernable? Syracuse Post-Standard,This is a link to an External Website
August 29, 2010 :: Op-Eds & Articles
The Bucks Stop Here City Journal,This is a link to an External Website
August 19, 2010 :: Op-Eds & Articles
The Empire State's Stimulus Addiction Wall Street Journal,
July 02, 2010 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Tim Hoefer Testimony on New York City "Open Gov" Legislation

Before the New York City Council, Committee on Technology in Government

Complete report in PDF format
June 21, 2010 :: Testimony
Freeze Public-Sector Pay
Complete report in PDF format
June 03, 2010
Early retirement for state workers: Money-saver, or costly sweetener?

No. 6, May 2010

Complete report in PDF format
May 11, 2010 :: Research Bulletin
Dave's Last Chance New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
April 28, 2010 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Editorials and Columns Endorsing a Public-Sector Wage Freeze
April 07, 2010
The Gov NY Needs New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
March 03, 2010 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Don't waste school aid crisis Newsday,This is a link to an External Website
January 18, 2010 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Blueprint for a Better Budget

A Plan of Action for New York State

By: E.J. McMahon and Josh Barro
Complete report in PDF format
January 04, 2010 :: Special Reports
Defusing the Pension Bomb City Journal,This is a link to an External Website
September 01, 2009 :: Op-Eds & Articles
N.Y. Labor Unions Are Biting The Hand that Fattens Them New York Daily News,This is a link to an External Website
July 23, 2009 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Lise Bang-Jensen Testimony: Government Transparency

Before the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations and the Temporary Committee on Rules and Administrative Reform

Complete report in PDF format
March 18, 2009 :: Testimony
E.J. McMahon Testimony: Legislative Transparency

Before the Senate Temporary Committee on Rules Reform

Complete report in PDF format
February 10, 2009 :: Testimony
Lise Bang-Jensen Testimony: Legislative Transparency

Before the Senate Temporary Committee on Rules Reform

Complete report in PDF format
February 10, 2009 :: Testimony
Lise Bang-Jensen Testimony: Collective Bargaining Agreement Secrecy

Before the Joint Legislative Budget Committee

Complete report in PDF format
February 04, 2009 :: Testimony
Albany needs a whole lot more sunshine Newsday,This is a link to an External Website
January 16, 2009 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Teachers Go Nuclear New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
August 15, 2008 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Empire Center Launches Transparency Website

New Yorkers will get a clearer view than ever of how their state and local tax dollars are being spent, thanks to a new transparency website launched today by the Empire Center for New York State Policy.

July 31, 2008 :: News & Commentary
Good-Government Groups Praise "SeeThroughNY"
July 31, 2008 :: News & Commentary
Albany's pork spending should be ended, not mended The Post-Standard,This is a link to an External Website
May 12, 2008 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Union Health Ripoff New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
May 12, 2008 :: Op-Eds & Articles
After the Spitzer Storm Wall Street Journal,This is a link to an External Website
March 15, 2008 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Paterson's Challenges: Economic Woes New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
March 13, 2008 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Average State Legislature Spending Per Member

New York ranks fourth of all states in spending per member

By state, FY 2005
Legislative Salaries Per State
Albany Oink, '07-08 Edition
April 10, 2007 :: News & Commentary
Googling NY's Books New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
March 15, 2007 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Breaking the Budget in New York State

Sept. 20 Conference Proceedings

Albany Oink
Special Reports
Welfare Reform Turns 10
October 12, 2006 :: News & Commentary
New York Low on Economic Freedom: Study
September 26, 2006 :: News & Commentary
SPECIAL FEATURE: Links to "member item" lists
April 05, 2006 :: News & Commentary
A peep-hole into New York's pork barrel
April 03, 2006 :: News & Commentary
Confused Courts The New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
March 27, 2006 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Reforming the 'budget reform' proposition The Post-Standard,This is a link to an External Website
November 29, 2005 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Measure isn't the reform it poses as The Post-Standard,This is a link to an External Website
November 01, 2005 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Breaking the Budget in New York State

By E.J. McMahon

Policy Briefing No. 3
Complete report in PDF format
October 19, 2005 :: Policy Briefings
Voters Have Say on Future Spending The Post-Standard,This is a link to an External Website
October 04, 2005 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Power Grab and Purse Grab - The Problem with NY's Prop One
September 23, 2005 :: Special Reports
Property Tax Plan Has Hidden Hefty Bite The Post-Standard,This is a link to an External Website
August 23, 2005 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Bill's cost could be impossible to count The Post-Standard,This is a link to an External Website
July 26, 2005 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Seeking More Secure Perks for Government Workers
July 26, 2005 :: News & Commentary
Comptroller Blocks "Back-Door" Bond deal
July 21, 2005 :: News & Commentary
Competitive Sourcing Can Save Millions The Post-Standard,This is a link to an External Website
June 21, 2005 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Saving Tax Dollars Through Competition
June 21, 2005 :: News & Commentary
Budget "Reform" Moves to Ballot
May 04, 2005 :: News & Commentary
Albany has plenty left to repair This is a link to an External Website
April 19, 2005 :: Op-Eds & Articles
The High Cost of Dysfunction
April 19, 2005 :: News & Commentary
Tax cit requires new laws The Post-Standard,This is a link to an External Website
March 22, 2005 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Tax cit requires new lawsThis is a link to an External Website
March 22, 2005
Welfare reform requires adjusting The Post-Standard,This is a link to an External Website
March 15, 2005 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Start the Revolution New York Daily News,This is a link to an External Website
January 09, 2005 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Same Man, Same Problem New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
January 06, 2005 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Budget reform is budget de-form The Post Standard,This is a link to an External Website
December 14, 2004 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Edmund J. McMahon testifies before the Senate Commission on Corporations, Commissions and Authorities
December 08, 2004 :: Testimony
Fiscal Fantasy New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
December 01, 2004 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Edmund J. McMahon testifies before the New York City Council Committee on Waterfronts
March 04, 2004 :: Testimony
Defusing the Pension Bomb New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
December 19, 2003 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Edmund J. McMahon Testifies on Benefits of Outsourcing Public Services before the New York State Senate Labor Committee
October 15, 2003 :: Testimony
Senate Democratic Task Force on Legislative and Budgetary Reform
June 09, 2003 :: Testimony
With Pals Like These, Who Needs Enemies? Newsday,This is a link to an External Website
March 12, 2003 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Rotten 'Reform' New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
November 14, 2002 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Pataki's 'Progress' New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
October 08, 2002 :: Op-Eds & Articles
Pataki's Smaller Gov't New York Post,This is a link to an External Website
February 05, 2002 :: Op-Eds & Articles
The Cost of Their Intentions: An Analysis of the Mayoral Candidates' Spending ProposalsThis is a link to an External Website

By E. J. McMahon

Civic Report 21
October 01, 2001 :: Related New York Policy Studies and Reports