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New York faces a multi-billion-dollar Medicaid gap | WXXI

Bill Hammond with the fiscal watchdog group the Empire Center said that’s an irresponsible practice.

“I think everybody would admit it’s a gimmick,” Hammond said. “You don’t have enough money in your checking account to pay your bills and so you just tell the people who are expecting money, ‘You have to hang on for a few days until my checkbook replenishes.’ ” [Read_more]

New York sales tax collections perk up, though less briskly upstate | Press Republican

A variety of factors can influence sales tax receipts, including tourism trends, weather related events, the price of gasoline and fuel oil and whether consumers are spending on furniture and cars, said E.J. McMahon, research director for the Empire Center for Public Policy, an Albany think tank. [Read_more]

Cuomo assails National Grid in fight over pipeline | Press Republican

But Ken Girardin, a policy analyst for the Empire Center for Public Policy, an Albany think tank, said the governor's action eliminates "any remaining illusion" that the state Public Service Commission — New York's primary utility watchdog — has been acting independently under the Cuomo administration. [Read_more]

EDITORIAL: Advertising fits the bill for schools | Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

In September of 2019 the Empire Center’s Peter Murphy produced a white paper looking at this very issue. He provided a stunning list of examples of successful partnerships between businesses and schools. [Read_more]

States Ditching Opioid Taxes in Pursuit of One-Time Payouts | Bloomberg

“It is very unusual to tax medicine in this manner; a lot of people using opioids are using them legitimately” said Bill Hammond, director of health policy at The Empire Center, a conservative-leaning think tank in Albany, N.Y. “To go after a specific class of drug like this, I don’t think anything like this has ever been done in New York.” [Read_more]

New York faces a multi-billion-dollar Medicaid gap | WXXI

Bill Hammond with the fiscal watchdog group the Empire Center said that’s an irresponsible practice.

“I think everybody would admit it’s a gimmick,” Hammond said. “You don’t have enough money in your checking account to pay your bills and so you just tell the people who are expecting money, ‘You have to hang on for a few days until my checkbook replenishes.’ ” [Read_more]

Analysis: Long Island leads state with highest-earning K-12 employees | Newsday

The Empire Center for Public Policy, a conservative think tank based in Albany, analyzes public payrolls annually and posts rankings of individual compensation packages on its website, seethroughny.com. Last month, the center reported that more than 25 percent of teachers and administrators in school districts outside New York City received total compensation of more than $100,000 in 2018-19. [Read_more]

Cuomo rips National Grid in dispute over pipeline | The Daily Star

Ken Girardin, a policy analyst for the Empire Center for Public Policy, an Albany think tank, said the governor’s action eliminates “any remaining illusion” that the state Public Service Commission — New York’s primary utility watchdog — has been acting independently under the Cuomo administration. [Read_more]

Cuomo: Medicaid Gap Could Present Challenge for 2020 State Budget | Spectrum

But who exactly will feel the pinch if Medicaid spending slows down or is reduced? Hospital groups already are mobilizing an effort to oppose any cuts, worried they could face the brunt of it. Still, health analyst Bill Hammond of the Empire Center says hospitals have seen an increase in funding from the program over the years.  [Read_more]

EDITORIAL: The gov’s well-paid wind-power liars | New York Post

Our recent editorial on this waste cited the Empire Center’s Ken Girardin, who’d found used the agency’s own public filings to deduce a cost to electric ratepayers statewide of some $6 billion for just the first wave of wind farms NYSERDA is subsidizing off the Long Island coast, vs. the ageny’s claimed $1 billion. [Read_more]
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