"The legislature needs to give an indication they are interested in reforming themselves before we talk about giving them any pay raises," said E.J. McMahon of The Empire Center, a right-leaning public policy think tank. McMahon said that Legislature needs to reduce the number of pay-bumping leadership titles it hands out as rewards to loyal members, increase the transparency of what is spent internally, and "show an intent to perform." Read More
Retired New York state and local government employees under the age of 65 cannot collect full public pension benefits if they earn more than $30,000 by returning to work for a state or local agency – but the earnings limit for younger retirees collecting both pensions and pay from government can be waived “temporarily” in certain circumstances. Read More
Newly-released records show just how much state lawmakers are spending on outside attorneys. From October 1st of 2013 to this past March, the legislature spent more than $1 million. That’s according to a new report from the Empire Center. We spoke with the center’s Executive Director, Tim Hoefer about the numbers. Read More
In the end-of-session crush of last-minute actions, the Legislature quietly passed a bill that would make disciplinary procedures involving all police agencies, including the NYPD, subject to contract negotiations. Read More
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