Another “stimulus” myth NY Torch

In a passage reflecting House Democratic spin on the supposed economic benefits of the stimulus package, today's Washington Post reports that the bill includes aid "that many economists agree will enter the economic bloodstream quickly and trim furth...

“Stimulus” opens door to federal over-reaching NY Torch

House Democrats in Washington, D.C., claim their massive federal stimulus package will require “unprecedented accountability” for how the added money is spent.  In reality, they’re pushing an unprecedented intrusion by the federal government i...

Income tax hike looming for NY? NY Torch

Today's New York Times reports "a growing sense" in Albany that the Democrats who now control state government will seek to raise state income taxes on "the wealthiest New Yorkers" to help close a $15 billion budget gap.  The Times article quotes Se...

“We will build the roads and bridges” NY Torch

Congratulations to President Obama! One of the new president's first tasks will be figuring out how to get Congress to fix the stimulus bill that the House proposed last week. In its current form, the bill won't do much for road and rail infrastru...

Data of the day: The MTA and Tiffany NY Torch

Data point #1. Metropolitan Transportation Authority executive director Elliot Sander and the authority's board members attracted more than 600 people to their marathon six-and-a-half-hour fare-hike and service-cut hearing in Manhattan last night...

MTA’s Fatal Dodge | New York Post

The media treated it as good news when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union said last week that they'd settle their next contract through binding arbitration.

“Six-Figure Civil Servants” NY Torch

New York City's average compensation cost per municipal employee is $106,743, and has grown 63 percent since fiscal year 2000, according to a Citizens Budget Commission (CBC) report released yesterday.    While base pay has grown faster than infla...
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