Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch today formally released his for achieving structural budget balance, including a proposal to authorize roughly $6 billion in "transitional borrowing" to help close projected budget gaps over the next three years. The borro Read More
Encima Global president -- and economist -- David Malpass has some incisive up on the firm's website that relate well to municipal finance and "too big to fail." Slide #16 shows the growth in state and local government spending as a percentage o Read More
The Municipal Market Advisors research firm expects "record municipal borrowing of up to $450 billion in 2010," largely because of "the generous subsidy" offered by the federal government as part of the Obama administration's spring 2009 stimulus pl Read More
The Senate today also passed the so-called previously approved by the Assembly and backed by Governor Paterson--complete with a form of super card-check for unions seeking to organize authority-sponsored hotel and convention center development projec Read More
What does a tiny Arab emirate have in common with the NBA's worst team, which currently plays in New Jersey? And why should the answer matter to a taxpayer in Buffalo or Syracuse? Nicole in today's New York Post. Read More
Governor Paterson's includes a $300 million raid on the coffers of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), which would be required to issue new bonds and send the proceeds to Albany. But BPCA board member Charles Urstadt and former authority spok Read More
Sometimes the credit crisis seems like last year's news. At least, you would think so if you looked at projected Wall Street bonuses and New York City and State public spending. But a new Moody's report shows how the crisis continues to impact Read More
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