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December 10, 2013CBC urges the approval of A7302-A/S5568-A, a bill that will improve the oversight of preschool special education program providers and reduce fraud, abuse and mismanagement.
November 26, 2013This letter to the NYS Tax Relief Commission includes cautions about the State's ability to commit to large new property tax relief programs, and recommendations for providing better relief with the $4 billion the State spends on current programs.
November 14, 2013The State Tax Reform and Fairness Commission contains many smart proposals, including reducing exemptions from the sales tax and reforming business tax incentives.
October 23, 2013Is the expansion of pre-k programs to all three- and four-year-olds in New York worthwhile and cost effective?
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October 21, 2013The Casino Gaming Referendum Panel Discussion.
Report Capital Spending
September 25, 2013This brief assesses New York State’s first-ever 10-year capital plan released in June 2013 by the New York Works Task Force. It offers steps to more effectively and strategically allocate State capital investment funding.
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July 22, 2013Tthe Financial Control Board (FCB) certified New York City’s Adopted Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 is balanced. As the FCB mentions in its report, the 2014 budget is balanced with $2.8 billion in surplus funds from fiscal year 2013 and $1 billion withdrawn from the Retiree Health Benefits Insurance Trust Fund.
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May 19, 2013This brief lists seven things New Yorkers should know about New York City collective bargaining and labor relations.
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May 14, 20132013 Medicaid Redesign Team Briefing given by NYS Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson.
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May 09, 2013“Legacy costs” will claim almost 25 percent of the budget by fiscal year 2015 – leaving fewer dollars for other budget priorities.
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May 08, 2013Reviews NYS Enacted Budget for FY2014- $1.8 billion in annual spending by the final year of the financial plan were paid for with tax increases, non-recurring resources, and boosted revenue forecasts.
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April 17, 2013CBC Breakfast with NYC Deputy Mayor Caswell Holloway in April 2013.
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April 15, 2013Reviews the worthwhile recommendations of the Spending and Government Efficiency Commission, or “SAGE” Commission.
April 03, 2013The allocation of school aid in New York State’s adopted budget for fiscal year 2014 has two key features: It exceeds the “cap” tied to personal income growth and it distributes the funds in a poorly targeted manner.
March 26, 2013The final agreement on state school aid allocates $20.8 billion, approximately $7,700 per student, in formula-based school aid for school year 2014. This represents an increase of 4.7%, over school year 2013.
March 20, 2013The NYS Enacted FY2014 Budget includes an extension of a personal income tax surcharge that is disappointing and should be reconsidered.
March 05, 2013Competitive grants are an important element in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s approach to state aid for education. The new approach began on a small scale last year, and a review of the experience in the first year suggests the proposed expansion may be premature.
Blog Pensions & Benefits
February 19, 2013Eight bills introduced in the NYS Assembly enhance pension benefits of public employees and retirees. These bills would add at least $1.35 billion in costs to State and local employers.
Report Pensions & Benefits
January 27, 2013This report analyzes New York City’s health premium policies for employees and retirees and suggests options to generate savings by implementing premium-sharing in the City's largest plans.