Media Coverage

EDITORIAL: When Albany plays Santa, hold on to your wallet | New York Post

As the Empire Center’s Ken Girardin reported last week, new SMFP cash “was noticeably missing from the budget bills adopted on April 1, raising the suspicion that a fresh infusion” will be part of the Big Ugly legislation rushed through in the end-of-session crush. [Read_more]

Business lobby opposes wage mandate | Press Republican

E.J. McMahon, research director of the Empire Center for Public Policy, estimated that expanding the prevailing-wage mandate in New York to all projects that get public support would boost construction costs significantly.

In an essay published after the legislation was filed, McMahon argued the proposed expansion resembled a “costly protection racket” for New York’s “politically powerful labor cartel.” [Read_more]

The little-known budget weapon that Cuomo could deploy this session | City&State New York

A new analysis by the Empire State Center for Public Policy examines how the SAM program funded “pork barrel” capital projects across the state in the past year. Lawmakers have voted every year to authorize raising several hundred million dollars in borrowing for the program. Since the program was established in 2013, more than $2 billion in total public debt has been created. [Read_more]

New Inspector General Pokorny investigates suspected ‘sabotage’ of LIRR time clocks | Newsday

The MTA recently began installing the new time clocks at all employee facilities as part of its effort to address alarmingly high overtime rates among some employees, as uncovered in an April report by the nonprofit Empire Center for Public Policy. The report revealed that the MTA’s top earner in 2018, LIRR chief measurement officer Thomas Caputo, made $344,147 in overtime on top of his base salary of $117,499. [Read_more]

Lawmakers look to make New York even more litigious | The Daily News

A 2017 study by the Empire Center found liability costs in New York exceed $20 billion a year. If those costs were passed on to every household in the state — which really they are, in a way, because all affected organizations and insurers have to pass their costs on to their clients —- it would work out to be $2,700 annually. [Read_more]

Editorial: An unequal spending equation on education | The Buffalo News

As a new report from the conservative Empire Center shows, the education spending gap has grown ever wider over the past 20 years. Spending in New York was 45% higher than the national average in 1997, 65% higher 10 years later and 89% higher in 2017. That’s unsustainable, as the state’s out-migration demonstrates. [Read_more]

POPULATION: No slowing losing trend | Observer Today

Recently released population figures do not paint an improving picture for our county and region. According to the Empire Center figures — over the last nine years — all of our municipalities are losing residents. [Read_more]
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