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"Thanks to Medicaid over-spending, New York's state budget gaps have blown up to their highest levels since the Great Recession," wrote E.J. McMahon, founder of the Empire Center for Public Policy, a fiscally conservative think tank in Albany. Read More

But Medicaid has been facing a growing deficit, one that was not so quickly acknowledged in public by the governor. It wasn't until the summer before a fiscal watchdog group, the Empire Center, found that the state last March, in the closing days of the state's fiscal year, rolled over $1.7 billion in Medicaid payments to some 80,000 providers, like hospitals, into April - and, thus, the start of a new fiscal year. Read More

When a significant number of labor groups, coupled with the hospital and insurance industries, take a stance against legislation in Albany, that would usually be enough to stop the measure in its tracks. What is unusual about the New York Health Act is that it continues to be potentially viable, having passed previously in the state Assembly, and having gained a flock of Senate co-sponsors, said William Hammond, director of health policy for the Empire Center for Public Policy. Read More

According to a recent report by the Empire Center for New York State Policy, the city’s $51.66 effective property tax rate ranks ninth in Western New York behind Cheektowaga in Erie County and the Allegany County municipalities of Wellsville, Andover, Alfred, Almond, Burns, Cuba and Alma. Jamestown’s effective tax rate is the highest in Chautauqua County. Read More

When a significant number of labor groups, coupled with the hospital and insurance industries, take a stance against legislation in Albany, that would usually be enough to stop the measure in its tracks. What is unusual about the New York Health Act is that it continues to be potentially viable, having passed previously in the state Assembly, and having gained a flock of Senate co-sponsors, said William Hammond, director of health policy for the Empire Center for Public Policy. Read More

But critics like McMahon argue tying up millions in state funding in order to serve a few municipalities does little to benefit the state as a whole. The money, he said, would be better used addressing regional infrastructure concerns that will make larger swaths of the state more appealing, ultimately leading to greater outside economic investment. Read More

According to a recent report by the Empire Center for New York State Policy, the city’s $51.66 effective property tax rate ranks ninth in western New York behind Cheektowaga in Erie County and the Allegany County municipalities of Wellsville, Andover, Alfred, Almond, Burns, Cuba, and Alma. Jamestown’s effective tax rate is the highest in Chautauqua County. Read More

Relations between Pat Foye, who was picked by Cuomo to run the MTA in March, and Tony Utano, president of TWU Local 100, grew adversarial in the spring. In May, the agency briefly sent police officers to stake out agency timeclocks after the Empire Center for Public Policy published a report detailing a $418 million spike in overtime, a 16% rise over the previous year. Read More

E.J. McMahon, of the Empire Center for Public Policy, noted, "This is black and white evidence that they wasted $1.2 billion of taxpayer money." As for Governor Cuomo, he appears to be delusional. During a visit to Buffalo earlier this year, he told media outlets that he was satisfied with Solar City and that they were "ahead of schedule." Read More

The increase was attributed to a higher minimum wage for healthcare workers and higher enrollment in managed long-term care plans, among other factors. According to the Empire Center for Public Policy, the state’s cap is flawed, as it is strained whenever enrollment goes up. Read More

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