Media Coverage

The state released its mid-year budget update several weeks late. The state has a $6 billion budget gap that is estimated to climb to $8.5 billion by 2023. Both E.J. McMahon of the Empire Center and Dave Friedfel of the Citizens Budget Commission agree that Medicaid is to blame. Read More

The city's subways have historically been the NYPD's jurisdiction, making Cuomo's decision to deploy the new cops on subways and buses "really odd," the Empire Center's E.J. McMahon said. Read More

"This is the toughest budget that Cuomo has faced partly because he had bigger gaps when he took office, but he also had more political capital," said Bill Hammond of the fiscally conservative Empire Center. Read More

The Empire Center, a fiscal watchdog think tank, says the blame should be carried by the administration itself and the poor decision surrounding Medicaid spending in the last two years. Meanwhile, it’s not entirely clear what the plan is for closing the gap, other than delaying billions of dollars in spending. Read More

The tight job market isn’t packing much of a punch when payday comes around. While the economy keeps humming along in the 10th year of a record-setting growth streak, the personal incomes of people across the Buffalo Niagara region have been gro Read More

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

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


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