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ALBANY - Gov. David Paterson is set to send to the Legislature on Tuesday a budget that is expected to deliver plenty of bad news for schools, hospitals, state workers and others. "We expect to see numbers we haven't seen for decades in terms of c Read More

Albany, New York – The State Comptroller was the featured speaker at a forum on downsizing state government, sponsored by several influential think- tanks. The discussion comes one week before Governor David Paterson is expected to release his plan Read More

ALBANY - Fifteen state agencies failed to meet Gov. Paterson's demand for a 10.3% spending cut, the Daily News has learned. The agencies, including some of the largest departments, left the state $271 million, nearly 25%, short of Paterson's goal Read More

Superintendent retirement packages that sometimes top $100,000 a year are a costly burden for local school districts and taxpayers, critics of government spending say. Three of the eight school district leaders who have retired since 2004 earn six Read More

City officials could approve today a three-year police union contract that would provide members with enhanced retirement plans and increase their salaries by 3 percent each year. The contract would cost the city about $340,000 in the current budg Read More

Maybe in a different time with different leadership and different lemmings, the special session of the Legislature called for Tuesday would be a watershed moment, a demarcation in time where lawmakers abandoned trivialities and their customary do-not Read More

Taxpayers too often are being kept in the dark about details of contracts with public employee unions such as one involving Utica’s teachers, according to a new report from a government watchdog group. By the time school districts or municipalit Read More

A new think-tank report proposes the state Freedom of Information Law be amended to require disclosure of tentative contract agreements with public labor unions. The conservative-leaning Empire Center for Public Policy says the secrecy of labor ne Read More

The global credit panic has swept away many illusions, and we're about to find out if that includes those of the politicians who have feasted for years on Wall Street tax revenues. Ground Zero is New York, which has lived a tax-and-spend fantasy than Read More

Scrambling to fill a $2 billion state budget gap, Gov. David Paterson said this week that he expected to have to make mid-year state budgets cuts in health-care and school aid, and planned to urge labor unions to renegotiate existing contracts. Three Read More

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