Reports

School Districts Pushing The Limit | Press Releases, Reports

Nearly half of the 669 school districts seeking voter approval for budgets on Tuesday, May 16 are presenting spending plans that call for increasing property taxes as high as the 2011 property tax cap law allows, according to an analysis released today by the Empire Center for Public Policy. [Read_more]

‘Block-granting’ Medicaid by Bill Hammond |  | Reports

Reform in the shape of a block grant would replace the current system of open-ended matching aid, which has been blamed for encouraging overspending and gamesmanship as some states sought to maximize their federal funding. A prime example of the phenomenon is New York, which operates one of the costliest Medicaid programs in the country. [Read_more]

Exploring NY’s top-heavy PIT base by E.J. McMahon |  | Reports

Nearly two-thirds of New York State’s tax receipts are now generated by the personal income tax, or PIT, which relies disproportionately on the highest-earning one percent of New York taxpayers.

This paper presents charts and tables highlighting notable trends in state PIT data in light of proposals to extend or increase the state’s so-called “millionaire tax,” along with scheduled PIT rate reductions in tax brackets below the highest income levels. [Read_more]

Hooked on HCRA by Bill Hammond |  | Reports

The Health Care Reform Act (HCRA) began as an effort to bring market-driven efficiency to New York’s hospital industry, but has evolved into little more than a revenue source. [Read_more]

More people left NYS in 2015-16 by E.J. McMahon |  | Reports

New York lost another 191,367 residents to other states during the year ending last July 1, and its population declined for the first time in a decade. [Read_more]

Green Overload by Kenneth Girardin and Annette Brocks |  | Reports

New York's new Clean Energy Standard has three major shortcomings: high cost, questionable feasibility and low impact. [Read_more]

What They Make, 2015-16 | Reports

The 2015-16 edition of What They Make, the Empire Center’s annual report on public payrolls, New York taxpayers to compare this key element of local government costs around the state. [Read_more]
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