Long Island’s Coming Fiscal Crash by E.J. McMahon | City Journal

Budget deficits papered over with borrowed money and fiscal gimmicks. Unaffordable union contracts. Pension contributions “amortized” into the future. Retiree health benefits promised but unfunded. Corruption probes and whiffs of scandal. Accountability blurred, responsibility shirked, and hard decisions avoided again and again.

That litany could describe any number of old, declining American cities—including a few that, like Detroit, actually went broke. But the same dysfunction exists in affluent corners of New York’s archetypal suburb: Long Island

Crocodile tears over NY’s tax cap by E.J. McMahon | New York Post

Long Island town officials are crying the blues over the budgetary squeeze supposedly created by the state’s property-tax cap. They’re not alone: You’ll hear much the same from town pols elsewhere in the metro region and across New York state.

But the thrust of their complaints — that the tax cap is somehow blocking urgent public projects and programs — just won’t hold water.

Warning: lower tax hikes ahead by E.J. McMahon | NY Torch

The starting point for computing next year's local property tax cap in most of New York State will be less than 1 percent—and so state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is warning local governments "brace for ... [lower] growth in property tax revenues."

DiNapoli's tone clearly implies that a lower tax cap is a negative. But most property owners will no doubt see it another way.

Albany’s tax-cap gimmick by E.J. McMahon | Newsday

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state legislative leaders would have you believe that they just approved "property tax cuts for homeowners," as described in their joint announcement of an end-of-session deal last week.

Don't believe them.

NYC suburbs score big in Albany tax deal The Journal News

EJ McMahon, president of the right-leaning Empire Center for Public Policy, said the rebate plan was an electioneering gambit, and that the money would be better used to finance infrastructure improvements, deferred pension contributions or provide tax relief to all New Yorkers, including commercial property owners and renters, who won't qualify for a Son of STAR check.