Staying hooked on HCRA by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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

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]

The Cuomo “fight” Obama rejected by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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As Barack Obama prepares to leave the White House, it's worth noting that the soon-to-be-former president consistently parted company with Governor Andrew Cuomo on a crucial aspect of energy policy. [Read_more]

NY’s ACA enrollment is up 2%, not 22% by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

The latest enrollment numbers published by New York’s Obamacare exchange paint an incomplete and misleading picture of what’s really happening in the state’s health insurance marketplace. [Read_more]

Questioning the “free” tuition plan by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo's free college tuition proposal raises a boatload of questions about cost, eligibility, justification—and, last but not least, winners and losers.

The governor hasn't issued his proposal in legislative form, so we don't know many crucial details of how he intends to cover average annual tuition of up to $6,470 for bachelor's degrees and up to $4,800 for associate's degrees at colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) systems. [Read_more]

Why some hospitals cost a lot more by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Some New York hospitals are commanding far higher prices than their competitors, and market leverage – not quality or demographic factors – is the most likely explanation. [Read_more]

Leaning on the 1% by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

New York City's Independent Budget Office (IBO) has released its latest data on the distribution of city and state income taxes among city residents—and, once again, the numbers show the tax burden is very light on low- and middle-income residents while relying very heavily on top earners. [Read_more]

NYS cuts 2017 renewable target by Kenneth Girardin |  | NY Torch

The state Public Service Commission has quietly reduced the amount of renewable energy that utilities will have to purchase next year by 94 percent. [Read_more]

Filling Cuomo’s budget “need” by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo reportedly has not ruled out an extension of New York's "millionaire tax"—a supposedly temporary added bracket that effectively adds 29 percent to the personal income tax of individuals earning at least $1 million or joint-filing couples earning $2 million. [Read_more]
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