Tag: Unions

The short list of "critical, non-controversial" measures Governor Paterson has sent the deadlocked state Senate for possible action tonight includes a bill authorizing Nassau County to issue bonds to finance early retirement incentives for county emp Read More

, in addition to an average 10 percent reduction already experienced by employees under an unpaid furlough program.  Meanwhile, in New York, most state workers just received a 3 percent wage increase, and .  At least 42 state lawmakers, in Read More

Mayor Bloomberg's 2010 Executive Budget proposal is being portrayed as "" -- but while the media and politicians focus on proposed spending reductions, a key measure of spending is actually rising at over twice the inflation rate. Read More

Earlier this afternoon, Mayor Bloomberg presented his updated budget proposal for next year, which starts in July. One thing that stands out, besides his request that Albany hike the city sales tax by half a percentage point: it's likely that over Read More

Union leaders, contractors and real estate developers are trying to reach a new "project labor agreement" (PLA) to cut costs on private construction projects in New York City.   But while Mayor Blomberg is anxious to participate in a news conferen Read More

Gotham Gazette has launched a new game: "." It presents almost infinite choices on how to cut city spending, as well as every politician's favorite proposed tax hike and how much money it could raise or not. The game is useful not only for the pure f Read More

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