Cuomo’s cable hit by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

This is only the latest instance in which politics seem to be taking precedence over public interest at a consumer-focused regulatory agency. [Read_more]

Getting sober about single-payer by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

As the state awaits the RAND Corp.’s analysis of a proposed single-payer health plan for New York, the organization’s study of a similar plan in Oregon offers a potentially instructive preview. [Read_more]

Here comes federal “Tax Reform 2.0” by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Congressional Republicans today unveiled a summary of their plans for permanently extending last year's federal income tax cuts—presumably (but not explicitly) subsidized by a permanent $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. [Read_more]

A quiet shift on Fidelis proceeds by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

As the state prepares to collect $2 billion in proceeds from the sale of Fidelis Care, the Cuomo administration has quietly revised its statement on how it will use the money, shifting to an emphasis on service for the needy rather than support for providers. [Read_more]

More on that flaky SALT suit by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

The New York-led multi-state lawsuit challenging the new federal tax law is not as weak as you might have heard.

If anything, it's even worse—a 141-page mashup of half-baked numbers, dubious factual assertions and (largely well-founded) political arguments masquerading as constitutional jurisprudence. [Read_more]

Cuomo’s bad Janus advice by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo hit a new extreme in his bid to prop up government unions, telling public employers to ignore parts of both state law and the Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME. [Read_more]

A SALT cap surprise (so far) by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

The newly enacted federal income law provision limiting state and local tax (SALT) deductions "is likely to substantially decrease home values" in New York, Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey.

That's a key claim of the lawsuit filed by the four states against the Trump administration today with the goal of having the $10,000 SALT deduction cap declared unconstitutional. [Read_more]

NY’s spiking health premiums by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

The state’s employer-sponsored health insurance premiums spiked by more than 10 percent in 2017, leaving New Yorkers with the some of the highest coverage costs in the contiguous United States. [Read_more]

Wind costs will blow north by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

Upstate New York ratepayers will pick up more than half the multi-billion-dollar tab for a massive offshore wind turbine project that will provide very costly power for Long Island and New York City. [Read_more]

An Essential windfall by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

The state's Essential Plan has amassed a nine-figure surplus due to unexpectedly generous federal funding, records from the Office of the State Comptroller show. [Read_more]

The stakes of ‘risk adjustment’ by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

The Trump administration’s move this week to suspend the Affordable Care Act’s “risk adjustment” program leaves more than $300 million in payments to and from New York’s health plans in limbo and further destabilizes the state’s ACA market. [Read_more]

Cuomo’s upstate hype continues by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo frequently asserts that his policies have ignited an economic turnaround in upstate New York, and he's been known to cherry-pick numbers to back himself up. He was at it again during a swing through the Mohawk Valley earlier this week—and, once again, the statistical cherries were in bloom. [Read_more]