Music, video gamers get $50m subsidy by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

New York's Legislature couldn't leave town without making it easier for the music and gaming industries to collect up to $50 million a year in tax subsidies, modeled after the state's existing (and outrageous) giveaway to film and TV producers.

Another slow-growth NY jobs report by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Private sector employment in New York State grew at barely half the U.S. average rate during the 12 months ending in May, according to the latest monthly jobs report from the state Labor Department.

NY again tops US school spending by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Public elementary and secondary school spending in New York reached an all-time high of $20,600 per-pupil in 2013-14 school year, topping all states and exceeding the $11,009 per-pupil national average by 87 percent, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released today.

“Business climate” review ends in yawn by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Days after saddling New York employers with higher minimum wages and the nation's most generous paid family leave mandate, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced in early April that they had formed a temporary Business Regulation Council to come up with ideas for improving the business climate.

The panel's recommendations are, to virtually no one's surprise, underwhelming.

A Senate SEQR streamliner by Tim Hoefer | | NY Torch

For the first time in decades, at least one house of the Legislature may be ready to advance reform of New York's State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR), long identified as a major obstacle to growth across the state.

The transit strike that wasn’t? by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Remember the three-day New York City transit strike of December 2005? If you do, you must be imagining things—because, according to an official legislative filing by Assemblyman Peter Abbate, Jr. of Brooklyn, there hasn't been a transit work stoppage in the city since 1989.

Opening a costly ‘golden door’ by Bill Hammond | | NY Torch

Should New Yorkers -- and Americans generally -- provide government-financed health coverage for undocumented immigrants? Making a case for yes is the president and CEO of the New York State Health Foundation, David Sandman, in an op-ed today for the Huffington Post.
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