NY’s ACA enrollment is up 2%, not 22% by Bill Hammond | | NY Torch

The latest enrollment numbers published by New York’s Obamacare exchange paint an incomplete and misleading picture of what’s really happening in the state’s health insurance marketplace.

Questioning the “free” tuition plan by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo's free college tuition proposal raises a boatload of questions about cost, eligibility, justification—and, last but not least, winners and losers.

The governor hasn't issued his proposal in legislative form, so we don't know many crucial details of how he intends to cover average annual tuition of up to $6,470 for bachelor's degrees and up to $4,800 for associate's degrees at colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) systems.

Why some hospitals cost a lot more by Bill Hammond | | NY Torch

Some New York hospitals are commanding far higher prices than their competitors, and market leverage – not quality or demographic factors – is the most likely explanation.

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.

Leaning on the 1% by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

New York City's Independent Budget Office (IBO) has released its latest data on the distribution of city and state income taxes among city residents—and, once again, the numbers show the tax burden is very light on low- and middle-income residents while relying very heavily on top earners.

Filling Cuomo’s budget “need” by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo reportedly has not ruled out an extension of New York's "millionaire tax"—a supposedly temporary added bracket that effectively adds 29 percent to the personal income tax of individuals earning at least $1 million or joint-filing couples earning $2 million.

Governor signs FOIL fix by Ken Girardin | | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that marks the most substantial improvement to the Freedom of Information Law in years, limiting the amount of time that public entities can stall a FOIL request after a judge has ordered the release of public records.

Job growth slows in NYS by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

New York State fell a little further off the national pace of private-sector job creation in October, based on a comparison of preliminary year-to-year estimates updated today by the state Labor Department.

Tax revenues still weakening by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget staff has further reduced the state's revenue estimates for the current year and the three following years, adding to projected potential shortfalls during the period.

Cuomo plan update late—as usual by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

For a sixth consecutive year, Governor Andrew Cuomo is behind schedule in issuing the state's Mid-Year Financial Plan Update—maintaining his perfect record of never once complying with the state Finance Law provision requiring such a report by Oct. 30.

START-UP NY stalls by Ken Girardin | | NY Torch

The latest progress report from START-UP NY shows it’s losing participants almost as quickly as it’s adding them.
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