A glimmer of hope for renewed transparency by Tim Hoefer | | NY Torch

Reversing decades of precedent, all but one of the state's public pension funds are now refusing to release the names of hundreds of thousands of retired employees who collect billions of dollars a year in taxpayer-guaranteed pensions.

Without This Fix, It’s Not Reform by E.J. McMahon | | New York Post

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is insisting that Gov. Cuomo “negotiate” his plans to reform New York’s outdated pension systems with the public-employee unions — which misses the biggest point of reform.

The Real NY Minimum Wage by E.J. McMahon | | New York Post

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wants to raise the state's minimum wage by 17 percent, to $8.50 an hour, and link it to inflation, guaranteeing more yearly increases.

Pay NY lawmakers more? by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver may seek a pay hike for members of the New York State Legislature before the year is out, today’s New York Post reports. New York part-time lawmakers now make a base salary of $79,500 a year, plus $171 for every day in Albany and added stipends for leadership positions and committee chairmanships.

A Gem in the SAGE brush by Russell Sykes | | NY Torch

The Governor's Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission issued an overdue presentation to the Governor on December 15, 2011.  Tucked away on page 42, is one proposal the Governor needs to embrace with open arms: taking over the adminis...

A “more open and engaged process” — not! by Tim Hoefer | | NY Torch

Gov. Cuomo's tax-hike package -- according to him -- is an "extraordinary benefit to the state ... that the state desperately, desperately needs to help turn around this economy." E.J.'s been covering all the reasons why this is not what New York n...

Updated Legislative Spending Posted on Internet Press Releases

New York’s State Legislature spent $105 million during the six-month period ending last March, according to the latest legislative expenditure data posted at SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s transparency website. SeeThroughNY includes expenditures dating back to October 1, 2006, in what has become the most extensive searchable database of its kind available to New Yorkers on the Internet.

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.