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Blog City Budget
October 20, 2017New Yorkers tell us what the biggest issues are requiring the attention of city government. Click to see how your neighbors responded.
September 07, 2017Based on the most recent national data, New York spends more per pupil than any other state: $21,206 per pupil compared to the national average of $11,392 as of the 2014-2015 school year.
July 20, 2017Is the enhancement of 32 stations at a cost of nearly $1 billion worth the trade-off against other capital needs?
June 30, 2017City documents offer few details on how the new funding will be used to enhance different levels of affordability.
Op Ed City Budget
May 09, 2017The program was bad policy from the outset-- and was extended for a third year. The City Council should defund it when the budget is adopted.
April 20, 2017In order to adequately fund education in all districts without excessive state spending, more comprehensive modifications are required.
Op Ed Education
March 22, 2017How much more funding should New York state provide to Syracuse public schools? A report by the Citizens Budget Commission, for which I was the primary author, says that an increase of $83 million is needed for the City of Syracuse school district.
March 09, 2017Do the State's transportation and transit investments really achieve "parity" between the DOT and the MTA? They don't -- and they shouldn't.
Op Ed Education
March 08, 2017With reforms to the way funding is distributed, the State can fund a "sound, basic education" with $569 million more in annual funding.
February 09, 2017Big changes proposed to Foundation Aid bake in existing inequities.
Blog State Budget
December 17, 2012Four important challenges face state leaders as they prepare the next budget for FY2014 in Medicaid, Education, Economic Development and Local Government Relief.
December 12, 2012School districts in New York spent $1,100 per pupil on average on transportation in 2010, more than any other state and 140 percent above the U.S. average of $459.
September 19, 2012New York school spending is, on average, well above the national norm, but the statewide average masks wide variation among districts.
June 04, 2012The New York State Board of Regents approved a package of special education mandate relief measures, recommended by Governor Cuomo’s Mandate Relief Redesign Team, that should be passed in the Legislature.
March 20, 2012Reviews and recommends changes to the school aid proposal made in the NYS Executive Budget for FY2013.