Tag: Government Reform

New York's Legislature has been called the most dysfunctional in America -- yet it also is among the most expensive to run. As summarized in this by the Empire Center's director, E.J. McMahon: * The legislature's budget of nearly $1 million per mem Read More

As expected, the state Senate voted today to place on November's statewide ballot a constitutional amendment that would greatly expand the Legislature's budgeting power at the Governor's expense. If enacted, it would represent the most sweepi Read More

New York State officials need to do more to encourage private firms to compete with entrenched public-sector monopolies. Some ideas on how to accomplish this are presented in this month's Syracuse Post Standard  by E.J. McMahon, director Read More

The deal, Hevesi said in , "saves $1.3 billion in the short term by not paying any principal for five years while increasing costs by $1.77 billion in the remaining 15 years." This, he asserted, represents "another case of the State using a Read More

Property taxes are unpopular with homeowners from coast to coast - and nowhere more so than in NewYork state, which is home to some of the highest property taxes in the nation. Relative to property values and incomes, the property tax burden might be heaviest of all in Central New York and other Upstate regions. Read More


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