Canceling millions of dollars in unused pork-barrel spending and freezing teacher salaries are among the steps that a fiscally conservative think tank says could save New York $30 billion over three years.
A new report from the Empire Center for Public Policy lists specific – and often politically dicey – proposals to lift the state from its fiscal crisis and multibillion dollar deficits.
The report proposes selling state-owned golf courses and ski resorts as well as its off-track betting agencies.
Some of the initiatives would hit public workers. The center proposes a wage freeze for teachers and state workers, and caps on school aid and Medicaid spending.
There was no immediate comment from the governor or legislative leaders.