Goldman Sachs its earnings today, with a $3.4 billion profit for the quarter. For the three months of the year ended in June, Goldman's spending on workers' salaries and benefits was up 47 percent from the , to $6.6 billion. This compensation spen Read More

The Empire State will "shell out nearly $1 million to construct signs to put up near stimulus-funded projects, just to tell us it's a stimulus-funded project," .  Governor Paterson doesn't seem to have a problem with it, though. Read More

Here's a rule of thumb for interpreting news media coverage of state and local fiscal crises: the further away the crisis is, the more likely the news account will portray the officials reponsible as victims of economic forces beyond their control.  Read More

It seems likely the will take up and re-pass all the bills approved during its legally questionable June 30 "session," perhaps as soon as this evening.  While the governor and others have described the bills awaiting Senate action for the past month Read More

Wall Street may have one last party, and it could come at the expense of its hometown and home state getting their houses in order. New York could better get on with life if President Obama and Congress would figure out how they're going to approac Read More

Today’s New York Times that state and local government tax-funded pension contributions in New York may triple over the next five years should come as no surprise to anyone who has made an effort to understand the current system and its p Read More

California is printing up $3.2 billion worth of "IOUs" to send to vendors and to people expecting cash payments from the state, including taxpayers due rebates for overpayment. Is this legal? Read More

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