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$1 billion semiconductor plant: ‘Flashy mega-project’ or ‘transformational investment’ for New York? | Albany Business Review

"The state is continuing its strategy of pursuing flashy mega-projects instead of making New York more attractive for all businesses. We're now in the second decade of this approach, and it's still failing to deliver the promised results," Girardin said. "This is the sort of economic development strategy that politicians turn to when they don't want to take on the tougher questions." [Read_more]

TOP SALARIES IN WESTCHESTER FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES | Yonkers Times

One of the great government watchdogs in New York State is the Empire Center for Public Policy, led by EJ McMahon. The Empire Center recently came out with its annual report on overtime costs and the highest earning public servants in NYS. [Read_more]

Genesee Community College president tops pay list in Finger Lakes | Livingston County News

ALBANY — Genesee Community College President Dr. James Sunser was the highest-paid municipal government worker in the Finger Lakes region, according to the latest edition of “What They Make,” the Empire Center’s annual report summarizing total local government pay. [Read_more]

EDITORIAL: Our view: NY should allow school districts to make ad deals | Auburn Citizen

A report released Tuesday by the Empire Center for Public Policy points out that school districts and municipalities have shied away from pursuing advertising income because interpretations of the state constitution by the Attorney General's Office, the Education Department and the Board of Regents have historically agreed that such deals are prohibited. [Read_more]

Should struggling NY public schools sell ads on their buses, buildings? | Syracuse.com

Quadrant Biosciences Inc. of Syracuse is paying $10,000 a year for three years to get its product’s name on a Pittsburgh area public high school’s outdoor stadium, according to the report by the Empire Center, an Albany think tank. The stadium will carry the name “ClearEdge,” a Quadrant subsidiary that sells a diagnostic testing kit for brain injuries. [Read_more]

What Cuomo’s executive order on vaping will and won’t do | City&State New York

“If you have these really young kids and teens getting hooked, then that’s not good," said Bill Hammond, director of health policy at the Empire Center for Public Policy. "But the first step would be to do some research, have a public hearing, get the best expert evidence that you have. Instead of reacting to headlines, find out what’s really going on and proceed with proposed regulations.” [Read_more]

More New Yorkers covered by health insurance: report | New York Post

An analysis by Bill Hammond of The Empire Center for Public Policy said the continued drop bolsters the case against the Albany Legislature passing a new law imposing a state government-run health insurance, which Democratic candidates for president are pushing for on a national level. [Read_more]

EDITORIAL: State schools continue spending more for less | Times Herald-Record

As reported by the Empire Center last week, “The number of students enrolled in New York state public schools is the lowest recorded in 30 years.”

Since 2000, enrollment in public schools has declined by more than 10 percent statewide with most of it upstate as enrollment in New York City schools has increased 1.3 percent in the last 10 years. Students are not leaving to go to private or parochial schools either because they, too, are showing declines, down about 8 percent in the last decade. [Read_more]
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