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What the Republican tax plan means for New Yorkers | Albany Business Review

E.J. McMahon, research director of the Empire Center for Public Policy, a fiscally conservative research group in Albany, said earlier this week eliminating the state and local income tax deduction would hurt New York.

"From the state budget standpoint, still, if they repeal the income tax deduction, that is a huge threat to New York more than any other state to our tax base, and that's because the state has become dangerously over-reliant on taxes paid by the highest-earning 1 percent," McMahon said. [Read_more]

Good business or corporate welfare? | The Daily Gazette

“There should be a way to make this happen without giving away the store,” said E.J. McMahon, research director of the Empire Center for Public Policy, an Albany think tank that advocates for smart-government and free-market policies. [Read_more]

New York continues to lose more people to other states | WNYT

"Upstate is not creating jobs. And you're not going to hang out in Upstate New York waiting for a job to turn up," McMahon said.

Upstate is where the overall net loss for the state is coming from. McMahon, who's been crunching Census Bureau data said the impact is obvious. [Read_more]

Trump’s economic lesson for New York | New York Post Editorial

As the Empire Center’s E.J. McMahon notes, every one of the state’s 12 “metropolitan statistical areas” saw growth below the national average in 2016.

If New York doesn’t change its ways and get serious about lowering taxes and cutting back regulation, it will keep on losing ground. [Read_more]

Why NYers could lose under Trump tax plan | Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Any savings in New York, particularly in the New York City suburbs with high taxes, would be negligible compared with what other states may see, said E.J. McMahon, president of the Empire Center, a fiscally conservative group in Albany.

"This much is clear: A couple falling well within the middle class by downstate standards — people, in most cases, living paycheck-to-paycheck in modest suburban homes — will realize much smaller savings than their counterparts in lower-cost, lower-taxed states across the country," he wrote. [Read_more]

Mid-Hudson government jobs can pay well | Times Herald-Record

“We’ve said this since the beginning: Taxpayers have a right to know where their tax dollars go,” Hoefer said, noting that payrolls generally are the largest share of government costs.

Past records on the Empire Center’s database show that the Middletown public works commmissioner’s pay was $141,308 in 2010 and has leaped several times, rising 30 percent since 2014. Tawil’s contract grants him five weeks of vacation per year and lets him save and get paid for all unused vacation days, which contributed significantly to his $260,000 pay in the past year. [Read_more]

$200,000 cops: why NY property taxes keep soaring | New York Post

Wonder why New York property taxes are sky-high, particularly in the Long Island and Lower Hudson Valley suburbs around the city? The Empire Center’s latest analysis flags one key reason: the astounding pay doled out to government workers in those areas — especially uniformed services, like police and firefighters. [Read_more]

Cops’ massive salaries are robbing taxpayers blind | New York Post

Knocking over banks is for amateurs.

Local cops in towns and counties around New York state are robbing taxpayers blind with astronomical yearly salaries — including one officer who pulled down $442,000, a new report shows.

Tom Donnelly, who retired as a Ramapo school safety officer in August, earned the investment-banker-sized paycheck over a 12-month period ending in March — making him the highest paid local cop anywhere outside New York City, according to a report from the Empire Center. [Read_more]

Louis: Adult talk for the next Council | NY Daily News

America’s top 1% already pays 46% of the nation’s income taxes. Here in New York City, the top 1% — the 37,000 or so households that earn upwards of $700,000 — paid 49% of all city taxes in 2014, according to Crain’s New York.

In fact, a report by the Empire Center released Monday revealed that from 2010-2015, New York City saw its population of millionaires grow at a slower rate than the nation as a whole. That’s worrisome. [Read_more]

Report: Job gains in NY, but not everywhere | WGRZ (NBC Buffalo)

E.J. McMahon, research director for the Empire Center, a fiscally conservative think tank, said the report "highlighted the ongoing weakness of the upstate economy."

The Southern Tier, he said, was "notably weak." [Read_more]