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Yesterday's Times that Speaker Sheldon Silver has reintroduced the "millionaire tax" as a standalone bill may qualify as the dog-bites-man, non-news story of the year from the State Capitol.Silver and his conference already voted in favor o Read More

What would "truly transformational" public pension reform look like in New York?  E.J. McMahon answers the question in in today's New York Post. The key, E.J. argues, is to replace the traditional defined-benefit (DB) pension with a def Read More

The and Albany both report today that Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed public pension changes may include an optional defined-contribution retirement plan.  (See Update below.) Read More

Nicole has an op-ed in today's New York Post exploring the fiscal and economic implications of the agenda being pushed by the union-led "May 12 Coalition," which is sponsoring a big demonstration in Manhattan today to demand big increases in state and city taxes. Read More

Taxpayers from around the state held a small but boisterous rally in Albany today to show support for Governor Cuomo’s proposed 2% property tax cap, which has been passed in the state Senate but is stalled in the Assembly. Read More

Woe betides Long Island commuters this week. Sunday, a passenger-less Amtrak train derailed under the East River. Because Amtrak and LIRR share quarters in this tight space, the severe damage to Amtrak's rails that ensued has hit the MTA's Long Island Rail Road. Read More

Over at the New York Times's message board, many commenters have reacted to Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to lay off teachers with some version of: "why not just tax the rich more?" Read More

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