The worst viral outbreak in more than a century has exposed critical weaknesses in New York's public health defenses. Learning the lessons of this crisis – and fortifying the state against the next infectious disease – should be a top priority fo Read More
Is it time to consider potential changes to New York’s state budget-making rules? At its inaugural Governor Hugh L. Carey Policy Forum in Albany on May 30, the Empire Center will assemble leading experts with hands-on experience in the budget process to explore answers to those questions. Read More
Fifty years after passage of the Taylor Law, New York State is home to the nation’s most heavily unionized state and local government workforce. But the landscape of public-sector collective bargaining could be altered by a U.S. Supreme Court rulin Read More
Manhattan’s world-famous institutions notwithstanding, New York’s hospitals collectively rate as below-average on benchmarks of quality, accessibility, efficiency and cost. What can be done to improve the Empire State’s dismal hospital perfo Read More
On November 14th, the Empire Center will host a forum examining Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Clean Energy Standard,” under which New York ratepayers will subsidize certain renewable and upstate nuclear power plants. The forum will feature informed presentations and a panel discussion with experts who have been both supportive and critical of the proposal. Panelists will discuss the standard’s costs and benefits, as well as how it will impact carbon dioxide emissions. They will also examine the process by which the standard was enacted and the overall feasibility of Governor Cuomo’s “50 by 30” goal to have half of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. Read More
Governor Andrew Cuomo has embraced the “fight for $15,” pledging to make New York the first state to impose a $15-an-hour minimum wage on virtually its entire private-sector workforce. How would a universal $15 minimum wage affect employment prospects for New York’s poor and unskilled? Read More
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