Governor signs FOIL fix by Kenneth Girardin |  | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that marks the most substantial improvement to the Freedom of Information Law in years, limiting the amount of time that public entities can stall a FOIL request after a judge has ordered the release of public records. [Read_more]

Job growth slows in NYS by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

New York State fell a little further off the national pace of private-sector job creation in October, based on a comparison of preliminary year-to-year estimates updated today by the state Labor Department. [Read_more]

Minimum wage cost hits Medicaid by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Moving to a $15 minimum wage will cost New York’s Medicaid system more than double what was previously forecast, state budget officials revealed this week [Read_more]

Tax revenues still weakening by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget staff has further reduced the state's revenue estimates for the current year and the three following years, adding to projected potential shortfalls during the period. [Read_more]

Cuomo plan update late—as usual by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

For a sixth consecutive year, Governor Andrew Cuomo is behind schedule in issuing the state's Mid-Year Financial Plan Update—maintaining his perfect record of never once complying with the state Finance Law provision requiring such a report by Oct. 30. [Read_more]

NY faces budget hole with ACA repeal by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

The looming repeal of the Affordable Care Act – which suddenly became much more likely with the election of Donald Trump – could open an enormous hole in New York’s state budget. [Read_more]

START-UP NY stalls by Kenneth Girardin |  | NY Torch

The latest progress report from START-UP NY shows it’s losing participants almost as quickly as it’s adding them. [Read_more]

Teachout’s overruled tax cap claim by Kenneth Girardin |  | NY Torch

New York’s local property tax cap has become an issue in a hotly contested Hudson Valley congressional race, where a specious anti-cap argument rejected by state courts has been revived by the Democratic candidate, Zephyr Teachout. [Read_more]

NYSTRS bill to drop again by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

The New York State Teachers' Retirement System (NYSTRS) will reduce its pension contribution rates for a third consecutive year in 2017-18, even though the pension fund's investment returns came in well below its target rate in fiscal 2016. [Read_more]

Same old NY jobs story by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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Nearly all of New York State's year-to-year private sector employment growth remains concentrated in New York City and its suburbs, according to the latest state Labor Department statistics. [Read_more]

Cuomo’s latest 2% solution by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York's second largest union of state government employees just announced a tentative contract deal that, if ultimately extended to all state workers, could add roughly $1.5 billion in salary costs to New York's budget by fiscal 2019.

Cuomo said the state had agreed to raise salaries for Public Employees Federation (PEF) members by 2 percent a year over three years, or a cumulative 6.12 percent, starting in the current fiscal year. [Read_more]
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