The Cuomo administration's recently released summary of contact tracing data was a tantalizing disappointment. Information that could have clarified the risks of different activities during the coronavirus pandemic was Read More
A pending change to New York's Medicaid program known as the pharmacy "carve-out" is drawing opposition from a range of interests, including insurers, AIDS clinics and the health-care labor union 1199 SEIU. Read More
New York could be on the way to its first population decline in any decade since the 1970s, according to from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Empire State's July 1, 2020 population of 19,336,776 was down 126,355, or 0.65 percent, from the estimated l Read More
New York State's tax receipts in November were a whopping $800 million above Governor Cuomo's projections for the month—further evidence that the current-year budget gap is probably much smaller than Cuomo has been claiming. Meanwhile, however, Read More
Despite the crushing impact of pandemic restrictions on small businesses throughout New York, the state Labor Department announced late today that it will move forward with a big minimum wage increase scheduled for the end of the month. Read More
The Empire State has long asserted the right to tax nonresidents commuting to work in New York—even when their work is done at home. The payoff for Albany is huge: as of 2018, newly released state data show, nonresidents generated $7.4 billion in New York State personal income taxes, 15 percent of the total. Most of that came from people who were regular commuters before COVID-19 hit. Read More
In the midst of the constitutional showdown over his pandemic policies, Governor Cuomo made changes to a disputed Brooklyn 'cluster zone' that seemed to contradict his own declared guidelines. Read More
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