NYSUT is in the house by Tim Hoefer | | NY Torch

Taxpayers from around the state held a small but boisterous rally in Albany today to show support for Governor Cuomo’s proposed 2% property tax cap, which has been passed in the state Senate but is stalled in the Assembly.

Holders of stakes by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

The use of the term "stakeholder" to describe representatives of labor unions, businesses and advocacy groups with an obvious vested interest in the outcome state policy deliberations seems to have soared under Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has appointed...

Cuomo makes a promising(?) deal by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has just announced a tentative contract agreement with one of the state's smaller unions, including some potentially significant labor concessions that could set a pattern for achieving the $450 million in workforce savings assumed...

Cuomo going wobbly on tax cap? by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Today's Buffalo News reports that Gov. Cuomo is signaling a willingness to water down his property tax cap proposal. Most alarmingly, the News says Cuomo "privately told lawmakers this week that the list of expenses exempt from any limit probably will...

Cuomo, DiNapoli and the invisible elephant by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Public schools in New York are awfully expensive, and their costs continue to rise at a pace that taxpayers can't afford. So how can schools cope with a needed reduction in state aid?

Governor Andrew Cuomo has a simple and blunt prescription: "less...

Fight mental illness—close OMH by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

That's the argument in this provocative City Journal essay by D.J. Jaffe, who says the "skewed priorities" of the state Office of Mental Health are actually preventing the delivery of adequate care to the most seriously mentally ill. Jaffe warns that...

Public Payroll Watch by Tim Hoefer | | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo proposed a cap on Superintendent salaries earlier this week, but as it relates to bringing school district spending down, it’s the equivalent of trying to chop down a tree with nail clippers.
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