Looking ahead to next year’s Tax Day by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

The interactive map on this page depicts how the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will affect New Yorkers in two different adjusted gross income (AGI) ranges: $75,000 to $100,000, and $100,000 to $200,000. [Read_more]

NY’s unsavory new budget by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

Last week's New York state budget approval process was even more rushed, secretive, confused and sloppy than usual—stretching through Good Friday and the first night of Passover into the predawn hours of Saturday, March 31—all in the name of meeting an ultimately inconsequential April 1 "deadline" for the start of the new fiscal year. [Read_more]

Health care budget roundup by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Now that the state budget is put to bed for another year, here is a non-comprehensive rundown of health care-related highlights and lowlights. [Read_more]

A troubling deal on Fidelis by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

The largest revenue-raiser in the just-completed state budget, worth $2 billion over four years, is not a tax or a fee or even a legal settlement. It takes the form of semi-voluntary “grants,” mostly to be squeezed out of a Catholic Church-affiliated health plan. [Read_more]

The budget’s big gift to unions by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

Buried in the state budget bills rushing towards passage under cover of Passover, Good Friday evening and the coming Easter holiday is the top item on the New York government unions’ wish list—a provision designed to trap public employees into paying union dues. [Read_more]

Still more capital pork in budget by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

New York's Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo are shoveling yet another $475 million into the biggest, murkiest, pork-barrel slush fund Albany (and perhaps any state capital) has ever seen. [Read_more]

Where the ‘excess’ reserves are by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo’s proposal to expropriate “excess” reserves from Medicaid managed care plans would apparently target just two insurers—Fidelis Care and MetroPlus—even though their reserve levels are not unusually high. [Read_more]

NY health care’s real crisis by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

As Albany lawmakers consider imposing costly new taxes and mandates on health insurance, a report from the New York State Health Foundation offers a timely reminder: The state’s insurance premiums are already among the highest in the country, and rising fast. [Read_more]

The return of Hotel California by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

For a second consecutive year, the state Assembly is poised to pass a union-backed bill that would make it harder for New York government employees to opt out of union membership. This time, at least, it may be debated first. [Read_more]

Senate seeks costly “discussion” by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

The state Senate’s ruling majority coalition hopes state budget talks will include a “discussion about whether the definition of public work should be updated”—shorthand for whether costly union compensation packages should be imposed on a much larger number of projects subsidized directly or indirectly by taxpayers. [Read_more]

More green, less energy by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo has married his unrealistic renewable energy targets to his push to steer work to the building trades unions. The likely results: even higher costs—and even fewer projects. [Read_more]