Will state chip away at retiree “iceberg”? by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo's tentative contact deals with state labor unions will require current employees to contribute more to their health insurance coverage. But Cuomo reportedly won't seek an equivalent increase in health insurance premiums for reti...

Tallying Albany’s revenues by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

New York State's 2010-11 2011-12 fiscal year appears to be off to a good start. Tax collections for the first quarter of the year were nearly $800 million above Governor Andrew Cuomo's initial budget projections, according to the June cash report posted today by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Cuomo’s latest contract deal by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced two public-sector labor relations challenges when he took office.  The first was to negotiate contracts with state employee unions that would produce both short-term and recurring savings to help stem the flow of red ink in h...

Mandate non-relief by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

If you haven't read much about the details of the "mandate relief" provisions approved by the Legislature as the session ended last week, there's a good reason for it: virtually none of the relief priorities cited by the state's major local government groups were included.

Meanwhile, in a state next door by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

A coalition of state government employee unions in Connecticut reportedly is about to reject a proposed no-layoff contract deal hammered out last month with Governor Dannel Molloy. It's difficult to compare the Connecticut pact with the agreement rea...

Cuomo’s CSEA deal: a first impression by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

After sailing unscathed (with steady pay hikes, no less) through a severe recession and fiscal crisis, members of New York's largest state government union will belatedly make some relatively small, mostly temporary financial sacrifices under the ten...
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