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To follow-up on : According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average weekly paycheck for a New York City worker in the private sector last year was $1,060, or $55,120. The MTA's $72,000 figure is about 31 percent higher. Read More

The Empire Center for New York State Policy has just released its 2010 payroll data for the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Results? The average MTA worker made more than $72,000 in salary and/or wages, overtime, and othe Read More

At least one leading bond counsel firm is issuing supplemental opinions to the effect that New York State's cap on local property taxes may violate the state Constitution's debt impairment provision.  The lawyers' reasoning is unpersuasive, serving Read More

The Municipal Market Advisors research shop says today that in Minnesota and Colorado upholding states' rights to reduce cost-of-living pension increases for current retirees could affect municipal credit quality. Read More

If you haven't read much about the details of the "mandate relief" provisions approved by the Legislature as the session ended last week, there's a good reason for it: virtually none of the relief priorities cited by the state's major local government groups were included. Read More

A property tax cap hasn't even passed both houses yet (as of late Thursday), and already the state Senate has slipped through a bill that would allow school districts to circumvent it.  The measure immediately was referred to the Assembly Ways & Read More

A coalition of state government employee unions in Connecticut is about to reject a proposed no-layoff contract deal hammered out last month with Governor Dannel Molloy. It's difficult to compare the Connecticut pact with the agreement reached ye Read More

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