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Municipal cooperation: sharing services in NY

A new state budget provision would provide property tax rebates to homeowners in localities where local governments reduce costs and maintain services through shared services.

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New York’s “Death Tax:” The Case for Killing It

New York is one of only 14 states that still impose an estate tax. The new state budget moves a big step towards repeal—but more needs to be done to avoid chasing away wealth.

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Empire Ideas is a series of policy papers focusing on topics of concern to local governments. Our goal in this project is to help elected officials, local taxpayer groups, community associations and concerned taxpayers explore ways of improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of local government.

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Empire Center's Data section now includes over 50 different data sets in seven categories that measure and rank New York's state and local taxes, spending, debt and economic competitiveness.