Bill puts sick kids second by Ken Girardin | | NY Torch

A private charity is seeking the New York Legislature’s go-ahead to build housing for critically ill kids and their families on state-owned property.

The Legislature’s answer: sure, you can go ahead and build—if you’re willing to pay extra (possibly a lot extra) to our union friends to do the work.

Much ado about a mandate by Bill Hammond | | NY Torch

In addition to being one of the wedge issues that paralyzed the state Senate this week, the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act is also an insurance mandate. And like the dozens of other mandates pending in Albany, it’s being debated without a clear analysis of costs and benefits.

Taylor Made | Reports

Marking the Taylor Law's 50th anniversary, this paper reviews the background of the law and highlights provisions and precedents in need of state legislative reform.

Cuomo’s secret SUNY deal by Ken Girardin | | NY Torch

Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a new disclosure standard requiring that details of proposed government union contracts be shared with the public before ratification.

Unfortunately—and not for the first time—the governor has failed to meet the standard himself.

NY’s regional job divide continues by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Year-over-year private-sector job growth in New York continued along a familiar path last month—stronger downstate than upstate, and somewhat weaker overall than the national average.

Another SALT work-around emerges by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

After months of behind-the-scenes work, the state Department of Taxation and Finance is circulating a "discussion draft" of proposed bill language creating a new form of state tax designed to preserve some federal income tax deductibility for state and local taxes (SALT) paid by partners in unincorporated firms.