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EDITORIAL: How the MTA can save $10 billion in the next decade | New York Post

A 2017 Empire Center study found that these prevailing-wage requirements boost statewide project costs by 13 percent to 25 percent.

Bloated wages are compounded by union rules that drive down productivity — that is, the amount of work done per hour. For example, even a fully automated elevator must be controlled by an “operating engineer” at a construction site. Plumbers, electricians and painters cannot perform even modest tasks outside their classifications. [Read_more]

Pensions New York taxpayers can’t afford | New York Post

Another day, another shocking Empire Center revelation. Announcing the latest update to its SeeThroughNY database of New York public employee pensions, the watchdog flagged the city government retirees now scoring the highest pensions. [Read_more]

It’s never simple arithmetic with schools | Observer Today

Earlier this week, the Empire Center did its own report on the plummeting numbers when it comes to students. Overall, the 2019-20 enrollment is at its lowest levels in New York state in the last 30 years. [Read_more]

Public school enrollment is increasing in New York City, report finds | Staten Island Advance

The report -- released Tuesday by Empire Center, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank based in Albany -- found that 100 districts in the state’s nearly 700 public school districts had increased enrollment from 2008-2009 to 2018-2019, including New York City’s five boroughs. [Read_more]