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Oct 4 (Reuters) - Connecticut rewarded its state and local employees with the highest pensions in the nation, paying an average of $28,344, which bested second-ranked Colorado by $548, a new study said on Thursday. The national average in 2006 was Read More

Connecticut had the highest pension payout for state and local government employees in 2006, with the average benefit per recipient at $28,344, for a total of $2.68 billion, according to an analysis of census data by the Empire Center for Public Poli Read More

A POLL conducted among Long Islanders has found substantial support for capping school taxes, which make up more than 60 percent of most tax bills. Fifty-five percent of Long Islanders back the idea of a cap, including 48 percent of people with ch Read More

ALBANY - Facing a projected $3.6 billion budget gap, the Spitzer administration expects to propose increasing spending next year "at no more than 5.3 percent." And that's before the Legislature gets hold of the spending proposal in an election yea Read More

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has promoted himself as a model of fiscal restraint, issuing dire warnings about the slowing economy, recently asking agencies to limit hiring, and even listing “fiscal responsibility” as an interest on his MySpace page Read More

One afternoon late last week, a nurse manager at St. Vincent's Midtown Hospital walked into the sixth-floor medical and surgical ward looking for a fax machine. She found a nearly deserted hallway. "Oh, it's gone," Marva Smith, 55, said. She glanc Read More

NEARLY seven months into Eliot Spitzer's stay at the governor's mansion, the man who won 69 percent of the vote by declaring war on "the army of the status quo" is now leading it - boosting spending, cutting backroom deals and dressing up minor accom Read More

No sooner had a trial balloon been floated, in yesterday's Daily News, about replacing the state comptroller as the sole trustee of the state's $154 billion Common Retirement Fund than the entrenched interest in Albany started to fight back against t Read More

Dr. Scott Berlin has delivered close to 2,000 babies since 1994, but an increase in malpractice insurance rates announced this week prompted a decision to close up shop. The Long Island obstetrician will owe $190,000 in liability costs after the s Read More

MANHATTAN residents ac count for nearly a quarter of the state's income-tax collections, a figure that makes it clearer than ever that the city is the economic engine of the entire state. Figures from the state Department of Taxation & Finance Read More

ALBANY, June 22 — This time, Gov. Eliot Spitzer did not blink. In April, the governor was criticized even by fellow Democrats for cutting an overly generous deal with Senate Republicans, weakening his main proposals to pass a timely budget. T Read More


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