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Capitol Pressroom: Gov. Hugh L. Carey Policy Forum | Capitol Pressroom

In recent memory, New York’s budget negotiations typically end with the good, the bad, and the big ugly. Is it time to change the way the state budget is negotiated? We recapped this morning’s event on the topic with EJ McMahon, Founder and Research Director of the Empire Center, and former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky. [Read_more]

Ballston and Halfmoon state’s fastest-growing towns | The Daily Gazette

"The Capital District has some of the more extreme (population changes) in the state," said E.J. McMahon, research director at the Empire Center for Public Policy, who has analyzed the figures. "Saratoga County is one of just two counties in upstate that is growing from in-migration of people." [Read_more]

These are the top 10 states people are moving out of | Markets Insider

E.J. McMahon, the research director for the Empire Center for Public Policy, told the Post that "much more needs to be done to improve the basic climate for economic growth."

"It's just not dynamic enough to hold more of its people," McMahon said. [Read_more]

EDITORIAL: Is this an MTA crackdown or just a distraction? | New York Post

Wednesday, MTA Chairman Pat Foye said the agency has OK’d a plan for outside consultants to do a 60-day analysis of its payroll systems. The review won’t focus specifically on overtime, but it comes just weeks after the Empire Center reported soaring levels of OT at the LIRR. [Read_more]

Long Island town and city payrolls in 2018 | Newsday

E.J. McMahon, research director of the Albany-based Empire Center for Public Policy, a fiscally conservative think tank, said contractual employee raises from collective bargaining agreements and civil service laws likely played a major role in rising costs. The agreements "produce steady increases over time, based mainly on seniority and oblivious to local economic or fiscal pressures," McMahon said.  [Read_more]

New York’s school spending hits new high | Times Union

The data was highlighted this week by the Empire Center, a fiscally conservative think tank that has long pointed to the state’s high education costs, which is a major burden for homeowners. “The education spending gap between New York and the rest of the U.S. has grown considerably wider overall,” noted E.J. McMahon, the Empire Center’s founder and research director. [Read_more]

MTA Inspector General stepping down amid ongoing probes into alleged overtime abuses | NY Daily News

Kluger’s departure comes as overtime abuse at the MTA and the LIRR are now the subject of a federal probe. The IG’s office launched its own investigation into the agency’s overtime practices earlier this month at Foye’s urging, following a report by the Empire Center for Public Policy that revealed skyrocketing pay rates among some MTA employees. [Read_more]