Tax cap fibs test limits by Ken Girardin | | NY Torch

Government unions aren’t letting the facts get in the way of their opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s push for a permanent property tax cap.

Testifying in Albany this month on Cuomo’s FY20 Executive Budget, union leaders made a number of misrepresentations regarding the cap, which since 2011 has slowed the growth of property taxes outside New York City.

Sen. Salazar’s good idea by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

State Sen. Julia Salazar, a democratic socialist from Brooklyn, is backing an idea that could appeal to limited-government conservatives across New York.

The first-term legislator has introduced legislation (S.3061) establishing a multi-state compact that would bar member states from offering any "company-specific subsidy."

Cuomo keeps pounding SALT by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo has announced he's flying to Washington on Tuesday to meet with President Trump to discuss the impact on New York of the state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap in the new federal tax law.

Spoiler Alert: even assuming Trump is uncharacteristically thick-skinned in the face of Cuomo's harsh unrelenting political attacks, the SALT cap isn't going anywhere. 

Teacher pension costs to drop by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

The New York State Teachers Retirement System (NYSTRS) will cut its employer pension rate by nearly two percentage points for 2019-20, reducing net costs to school districts by nearly $300 million.

Do No Harm by Bill Hammond | | Reports

The costs and risks of a state-run single-payer health-care program would be much greater, and the benefits much smaller, than its proponents claim.

Janus goes to college by Ken Girardin | | NY Torch

New York public university faculty members and graduate assistants are choosing not to pay union dues at a higher rate than any other major group of state government employees

Cuomo’s budget: a fiscal first take by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Disentangled from the politically turbocharged, high-volume rhetoric of his State of the State message, the first Executive Budget of Governor Andrew Cuomo's third term is largely a stay-the-course affair—for better and worse.

Budget would renew big mandate by Ken Girardin | | NY Torch

One of New York’s most costly unfunded mandates—compulsory binding arbitration of police and fire contract disputes—would be renewed for an extra-long period under one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget bills.
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