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Upstate, downstate NY flatlining in latest annual Census estimates

Population totals barely budged in New York State between 2016 and 2017, according to the latest annual U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

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Checklist for Change: 2018 Edition

Reforms that would reduce the state’s cost burdens and improve its climate for growth.

Empire IdeasView All

Empire Ideas is a series of policy papers focusing on topics of concern to local governments. Our goal in this project is to help elected officials, local taxpayer groups, community associations and concerned taxpayers explore ways of improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of local government.

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Empire Center's Data section now includes over 50 different data sets in seven categories that measure and rank New York's state and local taxes, spending, debt and economic competitiveness.