DiNapoli confirms: upstate sluggish by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has just issued a report confirming what employment statistics have been showing: upstate New York's economy has lagged behind the nation and downstate regions for years now. [Read_more]

Upstate job gains stay near nil by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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At the mid-summer mark, the private sector in upstate New York was still struggling to produce net employment gains, according to the state Labor Department's latest monthly report. [Read_more]

NYC pension costs shooting up by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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Taxpayer-funded pension contributions in New York City will need to increase by a total of $732 million between fiscal years 2018 and 2020 due to the pension funds' paltry investment earnings in the recently concluded 2016 fiscal year, City Comptroller Scott Stringer has just disclosed. [Read_more]

E.R. usage rates defy expectations by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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Here’s a puzzling statistic: Recipients enrolled in Medicaid managed care plans use emergency rooms more often, not less, than those in the old-style “fee for service” program. [Read_more]

Medicaid reform comes under fire | NY Torch

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A study charges that Medicaid managed care plans are systematically denying care to elderly and disabled shut-ins. While the report raises concerns, its findings do not warrant abandoning an important reform effort. [Read_more]

Job growth in NY remains uneven by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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Upstate New York's largest metro areas experienced little or no job growth during the year ending in June, according to the latest state Labor Department employment report. [Read_more]
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