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Thursday’s budget hearing raised an eye-opening fact about the impact of increasing pharmaceutical costs on New York’s Medicaid program: Rebates reduce the state’s bottom line by almost half. Read More

A close look at Cuomo’s plan to contain prescription drug costs – which relies on heavy-handed price controls – raises doubts as to its fairness, effectiveness, workability, and even legality. Read More

As the Legislature weighs Governor Cuomo's proposed budget for the fiscal year starting April 1, New York's leading index of business cycle indicators is flashing bright yellow. The Labor Department reports that its Index of Coincident Economic Indicators (ICEI) dropped in December at a 2.6 percent annual rate. It was the fourth consecutive month in which the Index has dropped. Read More

The Cuomo administration’s newly proposed ban on insurance copayments for birth control and abortion sets troubling precedents that should concern all New Yorkers, regardless of their views on reproductive rights. Read More

The biggest-ticket revenue action in Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal was not extending the so-called millionaire tax, but renewing the Health Care Reform Act, which imposes a hidden tax on New Yorkers of all incomes. Read More

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last month that a possible extension of New York's temporary 29 percent surtax on the incomes of million-dollar earners would hinge on one question: "how much money do you need?" Read More