Commentary

Now, The Hard Part by E.J. McMahon |  | New York Posts

Safely assured of a third term as governor of New York, George Pataki must tackle the state's worst fiscal mess in at least a dozen years.

Effective today, Albany's official tune on budget matters changes from "Don't Worry, Be Happy" to "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." [Read_more]

The Rift on City Taxes Is a Split With Suburbs’ by E.J. McMahon |  | Newsday

Faced with a huge and seemingly ever-expanding city budget gap, Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently floated a pair of trial balloons - only to see both ideas promptly shot down by Gov. George E. Pataki. [Read_more]

Pataki’s ‘Progress’ by E.J. McMahon |  | New York Posts

You wouldn't know it from the gubernatorial campaign commercials, but New York state is facing an enormous budget gap next year. By far the toughest challenge facing the winner of the Nov. 5 election will be to close that gap without derailing a still-wobbly state economy. [Read_more]

Botched Cleanup: New York City’s & State’s Post-9/11 Fiscal Failure by E.J. McMahon |  | New York Posts

Imagine if construction crews had just bulldozed most of the Ground Zero wreckage a few blocks further down West Street - and then took this summer off. In effect, that's how Albany and City Hall responded when, in the wake of 9/11, the state and city budgets plunged into the fiscal equivalent of a 10-story-deep, debris-filled hole in the ground. [Read_more]

Gotham Corp: Sell by E.J. McMahon |  | New York Posts

Consider the Gotham Corporation - a multibillion-dollar service conglomerate given up for dead in the mid-1970s and widely written off as an Old Economy dinosaur just a decade ago, only to emerge as one of the great turnaround stories of the 1990s. [Read_more]

Next Year’s Tax Hike by E.J. McMahon |  | New York Posts

In a single year, New York State's finances have been knocked out of kilter by a deep stock market slump, a national recession and an unprecedented terrorist attack aimed right at the heart of its tax base. The result, says Gov. Pataki, has been a loss of $7 billion in revenue. [Read_more]

Small Change by E.J. McMahon |  | New York Posts

There are a whole lot of ways to close a $4.9 billion gap in a $40 billion budget, as Mayor Bloomberg demonstrated once again this week. He wants to balance the budget without imposing economically devastating tax hikes. [Read_more]

A Killer of a Living Wage by E.J. McMahon |  | New York Posts

As if New York's economy wasn't already stressed enough, there's a renewed push in the City Council for a local "living wage" law that could hinder the city's economic renewal while reducing job opportunities for the very people it is supposed to help. [Read_more]

It’s Still ‘Borrow and Spend’ in New York by E.J. McMahon |  | Newsday

The two New Yorks - city and state - were the nation's twin towers of public indebtedness long before the tragic events of Sept. 11 placed extraordinary new strains on their budgets. [Read_more]

Bloomberg’s Misplaced (Compassionate) Side by E.J. McMahon |  | Gotham Gazette

One welcome change in Mayor Michael Bloomberg's preliminary budget is a more accurate count of New York City's enormous municipal workforce. It turns out there are even more city employees than anyone previously thought -- ironically underscoring just how little Mayor Bloomberg is initially proposing in the way of agency workforce reductions, despite all the talk of budgetary "pain." [Read_more]

Mike’s Dangerous Budget Temptation by E.J. McMahon |  | New York Posts

Will city leaders use 9/11 as an excuse to saddle future taxpayers with debt to close part of next year's $4 billion budget gap? [Read_more]

Pataki’s Smaller Gov’t by E.J. McMahon |  | New York Posts

Much of Gov. Pataki's proposed state budget (his costly expansion of health care, in particular) is a far cry from the leaner, cleaner fiscal plans of his first term. But in at least one crucial respect, New York's revenue shortfall has prompted a welcome return to his budgetary roots: For the first time in seven years, the governor is launching a concerted effort to reduce the size of the state work force. [Read_more]