Cuomo’s ‘plan B’ for Medicaid by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

An unusual clause in Governor Cuomo's Medicaid budget would trigger $2.5 billion in across-the-board cuts if the Legislature doesn't otherwise agree to a package of savings. [Read_more]

Budget seeks more union sign-ups by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to further tilt New York’s public-sector collective bargaining landscape in favor of public employee unions—this time to pressure new employees to join. [Read_more]

Cuomo puts off the Medicaid pain by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo's response to New York's big Medicaid deficit, as laid out in his budget presentation on Tuesday, was a disappointing mix of delay, deflection and delegation. [Read_more]

Labor strikes UI gold by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have reached a deal allowing striking workers to collect unemployment insurance benefits after three weeks, a big gift to private-sector labor unions that would further discourage companies from hiring and investing here. [Read_more]

Pre-budget, state’s ahead in cash by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Thanks to a strong third quarter, New York's state tax receipts through December were running $1.3 billion ahead of projections for the fiscal year that ends March 31, according to the latest monthly cash report from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. [Read_more]

Labor giveaway hits the trail by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

A dispute over the construction contract for a stretch of proposed state-funded public walking and biking trail in Central New York shows how far Governor Andrew Cuomo will go to steer state contracts to construction unions—and how much that’s costing taxpayers. [Read_more]

NY GDP lagged in Q3 2019 by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Capping a week in which Governor Cuomo touted his "successful economic agenda," newly released federal estimates show New York's economy barely grew at all during the third quarter of 2019, ranking near the bottom of a 50-state list. [Read_more]

Putting a Medicaid cut in context by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

In the coming skirmish over how to close a multi-billion-dollar deficit in the Medicaid program, New Yorkers can expect a lot of misleading claims and half-truths from the health-care industry.

A case in point is a Jan. 6 letter signed by 23 provider groups – representing hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, physicians and more – which calls for Governor Cuomo to reverse the 1 percent cut to most Medicaid fees that his administration announced on New Year's Eve. [Read_more]

The birth of a Medicaid deficit by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

The cash flow of New York’s Medicaid program has become increasingly volatile in recent years, a byproduct of questionable fiscal maneuvers that spawned the current $4 billion deficit. [Read_more]

Cuomo orders 1% cut to Medicaid by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

The ball in Times Square isn't the only thing dropping on New Year's Eve: The state Health Department also announced a 1 percent reduction in most Medicaid payments. [Read_more]

Pols design-build a giveaway by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

A bill allowing New York City agencies to construct projects using the “design-build” procurement method would come with a big string attached. [Read_more]
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