Heastie’s gazillionaire tax by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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When it comes to soaking the rich to pad the state budget, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie won't be outdone by Governor Andrew Cuomo's "millionaire tax." [Read_more]

NY business index faltering by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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As the Legislature weighs Governor Cuomo's proposed budget for the fiscal year starting April 1, New York's leading index of business cycle indicators is flashing bright yellow.

The Labor Department reports that its Index of Coincident Economic Indicators (ICEI) dropped in December at a 2.6 percent annual rate. It was the fourth consecutive month in which the Index has dropped. [Read_more]

Cuomo’s regulatory overreach by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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The Cuomo administration’s newly proposed ban on insurance copayments for birth control and abortion sets troubling precedents that should concern all New Yorkers, regardless of their views on reproductive rights. [Read_more]

Staying hooked on HCRA by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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The biggest-ticket revenue action in Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal was not extending the so-called millionaire tax, but renewing the Health Care Reform Act, which imposes a hidden tax on New Yorkers of all incomes. [Read_more]

Cuomo’s actual tax “need” by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last month that a possible extension of New York's temporary 29 percent surtax on the incomes of million-dollar earners would hinge on one question: "how much money do you need?" [Read_more]

R.I.P., START-UP NY? by Kenneth Girardin |  | NY Torch

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget pulls the plug on the state’s disappointing START-UP NY program. [Read_more]

Cuomo reins in some pork by Kenneth Girardin |  | NY Torch

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget makes important changes to several secretive slush funds first brought to light by the Empire Center. [Read_more]

The Cuomo “fight” Obama rejected by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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As Barack Obama prepares to leave the White House, it's worth noting that the soon-to-be-former president consistently parted company with Governor Andrew Cuomo on a crucial aspect of energy policy. [Read_more]

NY’s ACA enrollment is up 2%, not 22% by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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The latest enrollment numbers published by New York’s Obamacare exchange paint an incomplete and misleading picture of what’s really happening in the state’s health insurance marketplace. [Read_more]

Questioning the “free” tuition plan by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

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Governor Andrew Cuomo's free college tuition proposal raises a boatload of questions about cost, eligibility, justification—and, last but not least, winners and losers.

The governor hasn't issued his proposal in legislative form, so we don't know many crucial details of how he intends to cover average annual tuition of up to $6,470 for bachelor's degrees and up to $4,800 for associate's degrees at colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) systems. [Read_more]

Why some hospitals cost a lot more by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

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Some New York hospitals are commanding far higher prices than their competitors, and market leverage – not quality or demographic factors – is the most likely explanation. [Read_more]