Cuomo (finally) nods to the obvious by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

#NYCoronaVirus: Not a moment too soon, Governor Cuomo finally has acknowledging that a near-panic in financial markets amid rising fears of a global economic slowdown should prompt a re-set in the state's revenue forecast for the fiscal year that begins April 1, less than three weeks from now. [Read_more]

Medicaid fight hits the airwaves by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

For the third time in three years, health-care interests are airing TV ads favorable to Governor Cuomo in the thick of high-stakes negotiations over Medicaid funding. [Read_more]

Charles Urstadt’s excellent ideas by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

For decades, "Kill Urstadt!" was the rallying cry of New York City tenant activists and their political allies favoring more stringent rent control. The slogan referred to chapter 372 of the Laws of 1971, better known as the Urstadt Law, through which Albany barred the city from adopting rent limitations that are “more stringent or restrictive than those presently in effect.”

Urstadt, who died this week at 92, was proud of the rent deregulation policies that made his surname an epithet in some quarters— and bemused to have been targeted for decades by calls for his (figurative) demise. [Read_more]

Wildcats attacking Rochester schools by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

A splinter group of Rochester teachers is threatening to stage a wildcat strike tomorrow, and the response from the school district, the teachers' union and state public-sector labor regulators could decide whether other New York districts face similar threats. [Read_more]

A sunny forecast in cloudy times by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

#NYCoronaVirus: "Hope for the best and prepare for the worst" is a favorite saying of Governor Cuomo, who has rolled it out again to describe how the state will deal with the coronavirus.

But when it comes to the next state budget, Cuomo is hoping for better and preparing for more of the same. [Read_more]

Cuomo’s odd meltdown silence by E.J. McMahon |  | NY Torch

#NYCoronaVirus: Amid growing fears that a coronavirus pandemic will severely disrupt the global economy, and with the stock market heading for its biggest weekly losses since the 2008 financial crisis, Governor Cuomo has been oddly quiet about the obvious budget implications. [Read_more]

Counties’ Medicaid role dwindles by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

New enrollment numbers from the state-run health insurance exchange confirm a trend relevant to budget talks in Albany: The role of local governments in signing people up for Medicaid is smaller than ever. [Read_more]

NYSUT’s “millionaires” by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

You’ve got to hand it to New York State United Teachers: the union maintains a remarkably straight face while arguing that the nation’s highest-spending schools and best-paid teachers are starved for funding. [Read_more]

A Medicaid benefit doubles in 4 years by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Data released at the first meeting of the governor's Medicaid Redesign Team on Tuesday provided an updated picture of the program's long-term care costs, and the results were eye-opening. [Read_more]

A reality check on aging and Medicaid by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

In the face of New York's rapidly rising Medicaid spending, both the Cuomo administration and some of its critics have pointed to demographics as a driving factor. The state's population is aging, they have said, so long-term care costs should be expected to increase.

There are two main reasons to doubt this narrative. [Read_more]

A Medicaid boost for unions? by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

Amid Albany’s Medicaid over-spending crisis, the state Health Department is reconfiguring a little-known portion of the deficit-ridden program in what looks like a scheme to squeeze union dues from roughly 110,000 Medicaid-subsidized in-home caregivers. [Read_more]