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

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

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

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

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]

Cuomo’s Southern Tier hype by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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For several years now, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been misusing employment statistics to back up claims that his policies have ignited an economic resurgence in upstate New York.

It happened yet again today, when the governor was in Binghamton to announce that Dick's Sporting Goods had decided to locate a 650,000 square foot distribution center in the Broome County Corporate Park. [Read_more]

Medicaid audit misses big picture by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli accentuates the negative in a new audit of the state’s Medicaid managed care program, faulting two participating insurers for “wasting millions of state Medicaid dollars.” But he omits two important pieces of context. [Read_more]