Reports

School Districts Pushing the Limit, 2018-19 | Press Releases, Reports

Nearly half of the 669 school districts seeking voter approval for budgets on Tuesday, May 15 are presenting spending plans that would increase 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]

Exploring NY’s top-heavy PIT base (2018 update) 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. As a result, the state is very heavily reliant on highest-earning 1 percent of New York taxpayers—whose effective income tax rates have increased sharply under the new federal tax law capping state and local tax (SALT) deductions. [Read_more]

The Cost of Cures by Bill Hammond |  | Reports

This report explores recent trends in New York’s Medicaid drug spending, the forces behind them, and how they fit into the national context. [Read_more]

The Janus Stakes by Ken Girardin |  | Reports

This report provides an overview of the current landscape of union representation, finances, lobbying and political activity in New York State. It concludes with recommendations designed to strengthen the rights of government workers and the oversight of union nances that are ultimately derived from taxpayer-funded salaries. [Read_more]

NY out-migration tops 1 million by E.J. McMahon |  | Reports

New York lost another 190,508 residents to other states, bringing the state's total domestic migration change since 2010 to a net loss of more than 1 million people. [Read_more]

State of Liability | Reports

Needed liability reforms would create a more balanced legal environment, reduce costs for those who live and work in New York and improve the state’s economy. [Read_more]

Indigent Carelessness by Bill Hammond |  | Reports

New York State’s “Indigent Care Pool” doles out more than $1 billion a year in grants to hospitals, ostensibly to reimburse them for providing free care to the poor and uninsured. But most of the time, how much money a hospital receives bears no relation to how much charity care it delivers. [Read_more]