Month: February 2010

Which is the chicken and which is the egg is unclear, but the Empire Center for Public Policy and Republican John Faso each have proposed a most sensible way for state and local governments to buy time to deal with imploding budgets. It is this: Read More

School districts on Long Island and across New York State dodged a bullet last month when the legislature rejected Gov. David A. Paterson's call for a midyear cut in K-12 education aid. But their luck is about to run out. Savvy school officials al Read More

School districts on Long Island and across New York State dodged a bullet last month when the legislature rejected Gov. David A. Paterson’s call for a midyear cut in K-12 education aid. But their luck is about to run out. Read More

The $134 billion state budget Gov. David Paterson proposed Tuesday is likely to undergo many changes before the state’s final 2010-11 spending plan is approved by legislators – and it usually goes up. During the previous five years, the budget Read More

Back in 1975, as he took office, I heard Gov. Hugh Carey warn the Legislature and the people of New York: “The times of plenty, the days of wine and roses are over.” Thirty-five years later, Gov. David Paterson is trying to send a similar mess Read More

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