De Blasio’s awful tax hike timing by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the wealthiest New Yorkers should "chip in a little extra"—a mere $800 million in higher income taxes, or an average of $25,000 per affected household—to pay for subway improvements and transit fare subsidies. But given Washington's tax reform agenda, de Blasio's latest soak-the-rich tax hike proposal is badly timed. [Read_more]

NYers face $1.1B premium ‘HIT’ by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

The scheduled return of an Obamacare tax on insurance premiums in 2018 would cost New Yorkers $1.1 billion in the first year, according to an industry-sponsored report published this week. [Read_more]

State’s retiree health debt grows by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

New York State's unfunded liability for other post-employment benefits (OPEB) grew to $87.3 billion in fiscal 2017, a $9.4 billion increase over the previous year, according to a disclosure in the state Budget Division's just-released Financial Plan Update for the first quarter of fiscal 2017. [Read_more]

A reality check on Medicare changes by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

A technical change in how Medicare compensates hospitals for treating the poor and uninsured has drawn a heated response from Governor Andrew Cuomo that demands clarification. [Read_more]

NY’s June job numbers mixed by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo staged a series of upstate ribbon-cutting events at which he again touted the region's economic progress. Today came something of a reality check: the monthly state Labor Department jobs report, which showed weak year-to-year private employment growth in upstate's largest metro areas. [Read_more]

Could D.C. repeat Albany’s mistake? by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Washington lawmakers are contemplating fallback healthcare legislation that risks repeating one of Albany’s most notorious policy blunders – and triggering a “death spiral” in non-group insurance markets nationwide. [Read_more]

Sizing up tax reform by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Seemingly stalled on health care and Medicaid, congressional Republicans and the Trump administration will soon turn their attention to taxes—another area in which federal reform offers mixed prospects for New York State. [Read_more]
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