New York State residents pay some of the highest local taxes in the nation. Until now, however, New Yorkers have had no easy way to compare basic fiscal measures for the local governments that account for a large share of the taxes they pay.

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Ken Girardin

Ken Girardin is the Empire Center’s Director of Strategic Initiatives.

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