‘Mandate Watch,’ 2018 edition by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Our latest scan of pending health insurance mandates identified 120 bills, an increase of 29, or almost one-third, since Mandate Watch was inaugurated in March 2017.

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Cuomo’s next union giveaway by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

When Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a bill making it harder for government workers to extricate themselves from labor unions, he said it was just “the first step of the resistance.” So, what will New York’s governor and lawmakers seek to do next for their public-sector union friends? [Read_more]

Who gained coverage under the ACA by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Health coverage gains under the Affordable Care Act were concentrated where they were needed most—among lower-income groups and in the five boroughs of New York City—recently released Census Bureau data show. [Read_more]

The Medicaid takeover, revisited by Bill Hammond |  | NY Torch

Any plan to reduce or eliminate what local governments pay into New York’s Medicaid budget would inevitably create winners and losers. The Assembly Republicans’ version, unveiled last month, is no exception. [Read_more]

Unions top lobbying list by Ken Girardin |  | NY Torch

New York's government unions collectively spent more on lobbying last year than the state's biggest trial lawyers, landlord, tobacco and hospital interests combined. And topping the list, as usual, was New York’s powerful conglomerate of public education unions. [Read_more]

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]
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