Governor Paterson's 2010-11 Executive Budget carries a hidden New York City personal income tax (PIT) increase for the city's wealthiest households. The increase would result from adoption of Paterson's proposed changes to the state School Tax Rel Read More

Producers of films made principally in New York will receive another $420 million a year in state tax subsidies under Gov. Paterson's 2010-11 Executive Budget.  The proposed allocation of $2.1 billion for the film production credit over the next fiv Read More

A news release from Governor David Paterson he is proposing "significant spending reductions" in the he is releasing today.   If only it were true. The net budget "reductions" sought by the governor consist largely of cuts in projected baselin Read More

The Utica school board ratified a new teachers contract in September 2008--even though school business officials could not tell them how much it will cost future taxpayers. Now, the district says it has calculated the cost, but it refuses to make it Read More

Nearly 29,000 Syracuse-area residents have lost their jobs and the inflation rate is flat so you'd think that might give school board members pause. Yet, the 10 school districts in the area that settled contracts in the year or so si Read More

Some thoughts on Governor Paterson's today that he expects his forthcoming 2010-11 Executive Budget to result in a 2011-12 "surplus" of $1 billion that he will propose using for "property tax relief" in the form of a new "circuit-breaker" income tax Read More

The Municipal Market Advisors research firm expects "record municipal borrowing of up to $450 billion in 2010," largely because of "the generous subsidy" offered by the federal government as part of the Obama administration's spring 2009 stimulus pl Read More

Daily News columnist Bill Hammond that the Empire Center's new Blueprint for a Better Budget, which proposes $30 billion in savings over three years, should be "required reading for Gov. Paterson and all 212 members of the Legislature," an Read More

New York local governments, including New York City, share the cost of social services and Medicaid, which elsewhere are borne mainly at the state level.  Nonetheless, New York's state government spends considerably more than the national average, a Read More

New York is running out of cash, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli today.  The situation would be worse if Governor Paterson had not , prompting the New York State United Teachers union to file a against him. But don't worry-- will soon be bailing us Read More

In 2000, state and local governments collectively owed $1.5 trillion (adjusted for inflation to 2009 dollars). Today, they owe $2.3 trillion, a 53 percent increase. Over the same time period, American consumers and homeowners hiked their own debt Read More


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