NY’s “solar bond” with Elon Musk by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Whether they know it or not, New York State taxpayers are locked in a high-stakes partnership with a billionaire whose high-tech business empire has been "fueled by his voracious appetite for risk and unyielding confidence." [Read_more]

Cuomo blocks gas pipeline by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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"Southern Tier Soaring" is the slogan Governor Andrew Cuomo has assigned to his job-creation program for the most economically troubled region of upstate New York.

Better make that "Southern Tier Sinking (Further)." [Read_more]

So-so fiscal stress test score for NY by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Among the nation's four most populous states, New York is better prepared than California to weather the next recession—but not as well-prepared as Florida and Texas, according to fiscal stress test results from Moody's Investor Service. [Read_more]

Upstate job slump continues by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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The rate of private sector job creation in major upstate metro areas remained very low during the 12-month period ending in March, according to the latest state labor statistics. [Read_more]

Paying for the PIT cut by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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Now that the state has enacted its biggest personal income tax cut since the mid-1990s, a prime task facing Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature next year will be figuring out how to accommodate the tax cut in future budgets. [Read_more]

How the tax cut stacks up by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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New York's budget for fiscal 2017 includes the state's biggest and broadest personal income tax cut since the mid-1990s.

Equally significant, the income tax section (Part TT) of the budget's revenue bill decouples the previously temporary cuts in middle-income brackets, which will now be expanded and extended permanently, from the state's "millionaire tax," which is still due to expire at the end of 2017. [Read_more]

Where Gotham’s money comes from by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

While legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo were cooking their latest backroom state budget deal, the New York City Independent Budget Office was issuing five years' worth of updated statistics showing how heavily the city already depends on the volatile earnings of taxpayers at the top of the income pyramid. [Read_more]

Upstate job growth weak—again by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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Employment growth in most upstate New York regions remained weak during the year ending in February, according to the latest monthly state Department of Labor jobs report. [Read_more]

Cuomo extends costly arbitration law by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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Three years ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo blew a rare opportunity to fundamentally reform one of the most costly provisions of the New York State law regulating public-sector collective bargaining.

Now he's about to blow it again. [Read_more]

Senate mugs NYC on cop pensions by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Buried in the budget bill passed by the state Senate last week was a provision that would add billions more dollars to New York City's already sizable long-term pension liabilities.

The provision in question would increase disability retirement benefits for city police officers hired since 2009—and, by extension, also for city firefighters and members of other uniformed services. [Read_more]

Local govs score with better websites by Tim Hoefer |  | NY Torch

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In 2014, the Empire Center created guidelines for what information local governments and school districts should make available on their websites—and found that most of the state's 500 largest municipalities and districts were not meeting that standard. [Read_more]