Doomsday for Real by E.J. McMahon |  | New York Post

Mayor Bloomberg's $1 billion "doomsday" budget- cutting plan is widely perceived as a scare tactic designed to force concessions out of Gov. Pataki and the Legislature: Once Bloomberg gets what he needs out of Albany, the contingency plan goes back into a locked drawer in the basement of City Hall. [Read_more]

Silver’s Risky Budget Game by E.J. McMahon |  | New York Post

Gov. George E. Pataki set just the right tone for this year's New York state budget battle when he opened the legislative session in January with a plea to avoid "job killing" tax increases. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver replied: "On the subject of taxes, let me be very clear, the Assembly is not advocating tax hikes." [Read_more]

With Pals Like These, Who Needs Enemies? by E.J. McMahon |  | Newsday

Long Island's State Senate and Assembly members are patting themselves on the back for having blocked a revival of the commuter tax. But they also have provided the pivotal bloc of legislative support for a big state income tax hike that will transfer more of the Island's wealth to places like Binghamton and Buffalo. [Read_more]

Relying on the Rich by E.J. McMahon |  | New York Sun

Labor unions and their allies in New York's burgeoning health and social services sector are demanding new taxes on the wealthy to help close the state's $12 billion budget gap. After all, the argument goes, it's only fair to ask those who gained the most from the economic boom to bail the rest of us out of this bust. [Read_more]

Tale of Two Budgets by E.J. McMahon |  | New York Post

With New York's future at risk, Gov. Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg are taking sharply contrasting approaches to closing huge budget gaps.

Or are they? [Read_more]

The Return of George I by E.J. McMahon |  | National Review

Given his Rockefeller Lite persona in recent years, no one would have been surprised if New York's Governor George E. Pataki had responded to a looming fiscal crisis with a round of tax increases, if not on the scale of Democrat Gray Davis's gargantuan $8 billion hike in California, then something like Republican John Rowland's soak-the-rich surcharge in Connecticut. [Read_more]

A Win for N.Y. by E.J. McMahon |  | Manhattan Institute

Which key sector of New York's economy has experienced a deep slump that is largely to blame for recent state and city revenue shortfalls?

And which sector of New York's economy will benefit the most from President Bush's new tax proposal? [Read_more]

Rotten ‘Reform’ by E.J. McMahon |  | New York Post

Facing an uphill battle in Albany to win renewal of New York City's former commuter tax, the Bloomberg administration is floating a new "tax reform" idea that can only be described as breathtakingly wrongheaded. [Read_more]

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]
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