Got flowers? Thank surge pricing by Ken Girardin | | NY Torch

One of the hallmarks of ride-sharing services like Uber is their practice of temporarily boosting prices to encourage more drivers to accept fares. It’s supply and demand at its simplest, and while critics have derided this price mechanism, anyone giving flowers to their valentine today is living proof that “surge pricing” benefits both providers and consumers.

Alcohol’s state of limits by Ken Girardin | | Albany Times Union

At a time when New York is desperate to promote private-sector growth, one state agency seems bent on shutting down a thriving local business—which isn't accused of breaking a single New York state law.

Streamlining SEQR by E.J. McMahon & Michael Wright | | Reports

Major residential, commercial and industrial developments throughout the country are subject to an array of federal and state laws designed to protect the environment, buttressed nearly everywhere by local land-use regulations addressing the community impacts of such projects.

Rent regulation: what does the rent pay for? by Nicole Gelinas | | NY Torch

The State Assembly has passed a souped-up bill to extend and expand rent regulations. Last week, The Torch presented some numbers on regulated renters' income. Today's short installment: What does the rent pay for? It costs $855 each month in operating costs...

Study: Regulatory Reform would Expand Health Coverage in NY Press Releases

Up to 37 percent of New Yorkers currently lacking health insurance would be encouraged to purchase their own coverage if the price was reduced through reform of state insurance regulations, according to a new study issued today by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and the Empire Center for Public Policy.