Nicole and I both have op-eds in the Post today.  dissects the MTA's latest desperation move -- an unprecedented 18-month budget.  focuses on the projected expansion of New York State's Medicaid caseload, which by 2013 may include one ou Read More

Union leaders, contractors and real estate developers are trying to reach a new "project labor agreement" (PLA) to cut costs on private construction projects in New York City.   But while Mayor Blomberg is anxious to participate in a news conferen Read More

Nearly a full month after the Legislature’s adoption of the 2009-10 state budget, Governor David Paterson’s Division of the Budget (DOB) today issued its since January.  The bottom line: New York State’s long-term financial outlook has signif Read More

A couple of weeks ago, the Citizens Budget Commission released accruing to recent retirees from the New York City government, from firefighters to teachers to administrative assistants. How much would it cost you -- if you're a private-secto Read More

In yesterday's column, Daily News  Errol Louis quotes Lillian Roberts, the head of the city's civilian DC-37 union, saying that "When our people retire, the average one will receive something like $20,000 a year." Read More

With enactment of the 2009-10 New York State budget, "New York will leapfrog New Jersey to claim the mantle of America's worst tax code for business." Read More

How big is the spending increase in the newly adopted New York State budget?   How does it compare to previous spending trends?  One of the many glaring shortcomings of the state budget process is that it is not possible to answer such questions w Read More


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