School Districts Pushing the Limit, 2018-19 Press Releases, Reports

Nearly half of the 669 school districts seeking voter approval for budgets on Tuesday, May 15 are presenting spending plans that would increase property taxes as high as the 2011 property tax cap law allows, according to an analysis released today by the Empire Center for Public Policy.

State’s pork barrel fund needs oversight The Daily Gazette Editorial

The Empire Center, a government watchdog group in Albany, calls it the “biggest, murkiest, pork-barrel slush fund Albany (and perhaps any state capital) has ever seen.”

The allocation is slipped into the state budget without any explanation from legislative leaders and the governor.

Health care budget roundup by Bill Hammond | NY Torch

Now that the state budget is put to bed for another year, here is a non-comprehensive rundown of health care-related highlights and lowlights.