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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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]

Governor signs FOIL fix by Kenneth Girardin |  | NY Torch

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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

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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

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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

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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]