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The $134 billion state budget Gov. David Paterson proposed Tuesday is likely to undergo many changes before the state’s final 2010-11 spending plan is approved by legislators – and it usually goes up. During the previous five years, the budget Read More

School districts on Long Island and across New York State dodged a bullet last month when the legislature rejected Gov. David A. Paterson's call for a midyear cut in K-12 education aid. But their luck is about to run out. Savvy school officials al Read More

Which is the chicken and which is the egg is unclear, but the Empire Center for Public Policy and Republican John Faso each have proposed a most sensible way for state and local governments to buy time to deal with imploding budgets. It is this: Read More

New York has an opportunity to save $30 billion over the next three years without tax increases or layoffs, according to a strategy proposed Jan. 4 by the Empire Center for Public Policy, a fiscally conservative think tank. New York was running an Read More

Every special-interest group in the state was likely watching for what Gov. David Paterson would say about them in his State of the State speech earlier this week. The public education field was left waiting, however, as Paterson said almost nothi Read More

The Obama administration is floating the idea of imposing a tax on Wall Street, possibly tied to bonuses, as part of its next budget, The Post has learned. According to two people familiar with the matter, the White House has circulated a draft bu Read More

How much will new retirement health benefits for Utica teachers cost taxpayers? The Utica City School District refuses to say. In 2008, the district approved a teacher’s contract that added retirement health benefits not seen in the district Read More

New York stands at a precipice. As bad as the state's finances have been in recent years, they soon could become much worse. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has warned that the state faces a 2009-10 deficit of at least $4 billion and a three-year budg Read More


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