Blog

The state Department of Taxation and Finance has issued "" of New York's new tax cap.  In addition, on a , the agency has posted its first-ever annual estimates of growth in assessed property value due to new construction for all New York counties a Read More

New York has one of the nation's largest and highest-paid state and local government workforces, according to the latest data. Based on March 2010 payrolls, the average annual salary per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee of state and local gove Read More

Union membership in New York City remains the highest in the country but has declined in recent years, according to a new (but not yet publicly released) report from the City University's Murphy Institute.  The report's main finding, as summarize Read More

The city's independent budget office (IBO) has released on New York's post-9/11 disaster and recovery spending. So who got the Liberty Bond money? As part of its $20.5 billion aid package, remember, Washington gave the city $1.2 billion to suppor Read More

The has just released a new index that takes a comprehensive approach to measuring just how powerful government unions are in each of the 50 states. Which state had the lowest ranking, denoting the most powerful Read More

The St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators is holding a on a proposal to override the state's new property tax cap as part of the county's budget. Although the tentative 2012 county budget is not due until Nov. 15, l suggest county officials are g Read More

Pension bills for New York's local governments and school districts will rise by a combined total of at least $359 million as a result of the rate increase by the state comptroller this week, based on the latest available salary data from the state Read More

New York's cities, already the most fiscally stressed class of local governments in the state, will be hit especially hard by the next wave of pension contribution increases yesterday by the state comptroller. That's because city payrolls tend to be Read More

Tax-funded employer contributions to the New York State and Local Retirement System will rise sharply in fiscal year 2013, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli today. The rate billed for members of the Employer Retirement System (ERS) will rise to near Read More

Reporting today on New York City's plan to lay off 780 school employees in October, an in The New York Times explains: "The layoffs are a direct consequence of budget cuts to schools, which have occurred in each of the last four years, forci Read More

New York has the second highest-paid state police force in the country, the Gannett News Service (GNS) last week, based on both state payroll and U.S. Census records.  GNS said the average salary for all ranks of state trooper came to $112,000 as o Read More

Subscribe

Sign up to receive updates about Empire Center research, news and events in your email.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Empire Center for Public Policy
30 South Pearl St.
Suite 1210
Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 518-434-3100

General Inquiries: Info@EmpireCenter.org

Press Inquiries: Press@EmpireCenter.org

About

The Empire Center is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank located in Albany, New York. Our mission is to make New York a better place to live and work by promoting public policy reforms grounded in free-market principles, personal responsibility, and the ideals of effective and accountable government.

Empire Center Logo Enjoying our work? Sign up for email alerts on our latest news and research.
Together, we can make New York a better place to live and work!