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The average salary of a state worker is $59,717 annually, up 8 percent since 2006, according to a new report. The report, from the Empire Center, a conservative think tank, also found that the average cost of a state worker to taxpayers (salary plus Read More

What will Barack Obama's presidency mean for New York? There is no great gathering of Gothamites in line for senior White House posts, so the state will not have any particular influence in the new administration. And the Democratic president-elect h Read More

New York’s state government is considered one of the most dysfunctional in the country, better known for gridlock and squabbling than passing policy and bipartisan deal making. But now that Democrats control the governor’s office and both hous Read More

ALBANY - Elected officials around the state often keep details of proposed contracts with public-employee unions secret until they have been ratified, leaving taxpayers in the dark about millions of dollars in new commitments, according to a report f Read More

ALBANY - Elected officials around the state often keep details of proposed contracts with public-employee unions secret until they have been ratified, leaving taxpayers in the dark about millions of dollars in new commitments, according to a report f Read More

Newsday had a story the other day about a $30 billion drop in state pension funds that includes a paragraph I find staggering: (State Comptroller) DiNapoli announced in early September that the average contribution rate for state and local governm Read More

Much has been made in the current presidential campaign about the way that Barack Obama’s tax plans would redistribute money among income groups. But changes in tax policy also redistribute income geographically, because states and regions have dif Read More

A final word -- for now -- on how much State Senate and Assembly members spend on their office operations. The Empire Center for Public Policy did a ranking for the six-month period ending March 31 of this year. Here's a summary of the findings, b Read More

It was the kind of big-spending Albany mentality that drives Gov. David A. Paterson crazy these days. In 2004, after the governor proposed some $600 million in cuts to the state budget, the Senate minority leader said he had a better idea. The $42 Read More

When Gov. David Paterson sat before Congress yesterday to plea for assistance with the state’s rapidly distending budget coffers, he blamed Washington for the dire situation. “The failure of our federal regulatory system has caused too many innoc Read More

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