Media Coverage

Public employee unions brace for Supreme Court ruling | The Daily Gazette

If every non-member stopped paying agency fees to the unions, they’d save a total of $110 million, said the Empire Center's Ken Girardin, and this would force unions to be more responsive to their members, rather than “treating them like cash machines.” [Read_more]

MTA blames subway delays, repairs for surge in overtime pay | New York Post Editorial

A squad of LIRR foremen are among the MTA’s top earners — raking in nearly $300,000 a year in overtime alone while the sweaty masses suffer through service hell.

The time-sheet stuffers helped bring the agency’s overtime bill to a jaw-dropping $1.2 billion in 2017 — a 20-percent increase over the previous year, according to watchdog group The Empire Center. [Read_more]

New York’s ticking pension bomb | New York Post Editorial

Don’t hate retired sanitation worker Eugene Egan for his city pension of more than twice the $128,189 top salary he earned in 2015, his last year on the job; blame the politicians who created a system that saddles taxpayers with a ticking pension time bomb. [Read_more]

Empire Center’s efforts pay off for taxpayers … again | The Daily Gazette

I’ve said this numerous times: New York state residents are blessed to have an organization like the Empire Center for Public Policy working on their side, particularly when it comes to its tireless efforts to push for government transparency and for the volumes of public information it makes easily available on its website. [Read_more]

Showing and telling, finally | New York Daily News Editorial

It’s a basic principle, finally being affirmed after years of flagrant disrespect: Because public pensions are paid by the public, all of us have a right to know who is getting how much. [Read_more]

NY Obamacare draws record 4M signups for 2018 | New York Daily News

New York’s Obamacare program reached a new high, with more than 4.3 million people signing up for healthcare coverage, state officials announced Thursday. The 2018 totals marked an increase of about 700,000 people from a year ago, officials said. [Read_more]

The Andrew Cuomo Tax Campaign | Wall Street Journal Editorial

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is running for re-election this year and President in 2020, and apparently he thinks his killer app is opposition to the GOP tax bill. Judging by his proposals so far, we’d say this is going to be harder than he thinks.

N.Y. Grapples With Tax Conformity Issues After Federal Tax Law | Bloomberg BNA

E.J. McMahon, research director at the Empire Center for Public Policy, a conservative-leaning think tank, stated that the tax conformity issues raised by the federal law would be the primary focus of New York tax policy in most years. However, the state and local tax deduction (SALT deduction) issue, and the related proposals to shift the state’s reliance away from the personal income tax, has drawn the lion’s share of attention.