Why Triborough matters by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

If New York's state government unions ultimately reject tentative contract deals with Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Triborough amendment may ultimately deserve part of the blame. Triborough ensures that provisions of a public-sector union contract remai...

State finances: still in the tunnel by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

The image on the cover of New York State's first quarter financial plan update is obviously meant to convey the sense that there's not only a light visible at the end of the budgetary tunnel, we're just about to emerge into broad daylight. But the re...

Albany’s latest five-year plan by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been stumping the state to announce the formation of new regional economic development councils to implement the state's latest grand, government-driven strategy for creating jobs and economic growth.  Business groups aroun...

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.
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