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With states facing nearly $100 billion in combined budget deficits this year, we're seeing more governors than ever proposing the Barack Obama solution to balancing the budget: Soak the rich. Lawmakers in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Read More

Want to know how much your child’s teacher makes? How about how your school tax rate compares with neighboring districts? Two new online databases are now available to answer both of those questions. SeeThroughNY, a Web site set up by the Emp Read More

The city of Jamestown spends $2,608 per person and each citizen carries more than $1,300 worth of debt. That's according to, a government watchdog Web site that recently put together benchmark comparisons for every city, town, vil Read More

Capping weeks of secretive negotiations and intense political jockeying, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and leaders of the Legislature on Sunday announced a $132.5 billion budget agreement that would cut overall spending, impose no major new taxes and begin a Read More

Nowhere has this been done before," said Empire Center for Public Policy Senior Policy Analyst Lisa Bang-Jensen. Like it or not, almost 256,000 New York teachers' salaries are now just a click away. "Under state law, their salaries are public," Read More

It’s that time of year again: The day that determines the destiny of a large chunk of your family’s finances next year. The day that culminates months of planning, conferring and strategizing among parents, teachers, students and school officials Read More

WITH Democrats controlling the Senate in Albany for the first time since 1965, Sen. Malcolm Smith and his conference last month approved a 9 percent spending hike and $8 billion in new taxes and fees, including a $4 billion income-tax hike. In add Read More

In these challenging economic times, many area school districts continue to offer lavish retirement incentives ranging from thousands of dollars to half of a teacher’s annual salary. Take the Clinton Central School District, where, since 1997, e Read More

As the economy continues to show little sign of recovery, school districts across the Mohawk Valley are looking for ways to tighten their budgets. Staff cuts. Retirement incentives. Shared BOCES services. Still, some taxpayers and experts say t Read More

Five years ago, the Utica City School District was so underfunded that it was suing the state for more aid. Fast forward to 2009, and the district has undergone the most dramatic jump in spending and state funding in the Mohawk Valley. The budg Read More


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