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Lawmakers must adopt a state budget amid a pandemic | Newsday

“They have to make decisions now. Every moment they waste is going to make the problem worse and that is going to cost jobs in the future,” said E.J. McMahon, research director at the Empire Center, an Albany think tank. “They don’t gain anything by stalling.” [Read_more]

The coronavirus created a fiscal crisis. How should New York handle it? | City&State New York

For insight on the state of the economy and what New York City and state should do address the worsening economic situation, City & State turned to four experts on the matter: New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Citizens Budget Commission President Andrew Rein, and E.J. McMahon, founder and research director for the Empire Center for Public Policy. The responses have been edited for length and clarity.   [Read_more]

EDITORIAL: A free-market approach to reviving the economy amid COVID-19 distress | The Hill

At the state level, researchers at the Empire Center found that New York’s prevailing wage requirements inflate construction costs by up to 25 percent. Suspending Davis-Bacon would enable state and local governments to save billions of dollars on construction costs. States could return the savings to taxpayers in the form of tax relief, increase the solvency of their underfunded pension systems for teachers, or use the savings to complete additional needed infrastructure construction. [Read_more]


Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo accused the federal government Monday of playing politics with New Yorkers' health care after the state was told it would no longer receive federal funds for community-based health services. [Read_more]


Disabled New Yorkers who rely on state-funded personal care services say they're being unfairly blamed for the state's budget crisis, and are urging a panel tasked with finding cuts to spare a program they say grants them independence. [Read_more]
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