A softer Medicaid ‘block grant’ by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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The Medicaid “block grant” being proposed by House Republicans would be far less costly to state governments than previously projected under a draft Obamacare replacement bill that became public on Friday. [Read_more]

Hyping Medicaid’s drug costs by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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Thursday’s budget hearing raised an eye-opening fact about the impact of increasing pharmaceutical costs on New York’s Medicaid program: Rebates reduce the state’s bottom line by almost half. [Read_more]

Questioning Cuomo’s Rx on drugs by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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A close look at Cuomo’s plan to contain prescription drug costs – which relies on heavy-handed price controls – raises doubts as to its fairness, effectiveness, workability, and even legality. [Read_more]

Heastie’s gazillionaire tax by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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When it comes to soaking the rich to pad the state budget, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie won't be outdone by Governor Andrew Cuomo's "millionaire tax." [Read_more]

NY business index faltering by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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As the Legislature weighs Governor Cuomo's proposed budget for the fiscal year starting April 1, New York's leading index of business cycle indicators is flashing bright yellow.

The Labor Department reports that its Index of Coincident Economic Indicators (ICEI) dropped in December at a 2.6 percent annual rate. It was the fourth consecutive month in which the Index has dropped. [Read_more]

Cuomo’s regulatory overreach by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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The Cuomo administration’s newly proposed ban on insurance copayments for birth control and abortion sets troubling precedents that should concern all New Yorkers, regardless of their views on reproductive rights. [Read_more]

Staying hooked on HCRA by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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The biggest-ticket revenue action in Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal was not extending the so-called millionaire tax, but renewing the Health Care Reform Act, which imposes a hidden tax on New Yorkers of all incomes. [Read_more]

Cuomo’s actual tax “need” by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last month that a possible extension of New York's temporary 29 percent surtax on the incomes of million-dollar earners would hinge on one question: "how much money do you need?" [Read_more]

R.I.P., START-UP NY? by Kenneth Girardin |  | NY Torch

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget pulls the plug on the state’s disappointing START-UP NY program. [Read_more]

Cuomo reins in some pork by Kenneth Girardin |  | NY Torch

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget makes important changes to several secretive slush funds first brought to light by the Empire Center. [Read_more]
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