Reports

The headlong, secretive process around implementing New York's 2019 Climate Act – inherited from a governor who resigned in disgrace – runs the risk of saddling New Yorkers with both a less reliable electrical grid and rules across the entire economy that impose enormous expense. Read More

The 2023 edition of What They Make, the Empire Center’s annual report on public payrolls, allows New York taxpayers to compare this key element of local government costs around the state. Read More

Long-delayed data showing outcomes from New York’s 2023 state assessment tests—taken by students in grades 3 to 8 in June—were finally released last week. It marks the second year in a row that state education officials have failed to release t Read More

Most school board members in New York's largest school districts were elected with teachers' union support and many are themselves teachers' union members. Read More

New York’s plan to steer homeowners and landlords toward electric heat could backfire due to high costs and practical concerns Read More

School districts have used more than 400 special meetings—votes held outside the regular May and November election days—since 2011 to approve nearly $9 billion in spending, including about $2 billion last year.  Read More

Absenteeism was and remains particularly problematic for students in high school, Black and Hispanic students, and special education students. Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 ended New York’s decades-long practice of forcing state and local government employees to pay a labor union as a condition of employment. Read More