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December 19, 2012CBC Breakfast with New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John B. King, Jr. in December 2012.
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, 2012This brief examines education funding in New York State with an emphasis on the distribution of funding versus costs across school districts. The brief includes recommended reforms to the State aid formulas in order to better target resources to the neediest districts and promote greater efficiency in school district management.
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.
November 25, 2012The blog describes the different ways of calculating MTA fare ratios and of comparing the MTA ratios to those of other systems.
October 15, 2012As the MTA prepares to raise subway and bus fares once again, a fiscal watchdog group says riders should pay even more than what the agency is expected to propose.
October 09, 2012This report builds upon previous research on the issue of how to finance the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, particularly its mass transit services. It updates and revises the findings and recommendations of a 2006 report and seeks to provide guidelines for future budget decisions.
September 19, 2012New York school spending is, on average, well above the national norm, but the statewide average masks wide variation among districts.
September 19, 2012Three Former Executive Directors of the Port Authority discuss what went wrong and how the Port Authority should move forward to be effective in carrying out its mission.
September 09, 2012MTA revenue lost from the payroll mobility tax could be made up in a way that is far more burdensome to suburban commuters.
July 27, 2012This letter urges Governor Cuomo to veto a bill that would allow for consideration of a child’s “home environment and family background” in determining special education placements. This provision has the potential to create significant costs for school districts.
July 26, 2012Simply put, the aggregate amount of money is not the problem. Rather, current funding needs to be re-targeted to reflect new priorities.
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.
May 06, 2012This brief examines the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) large-scale refunding of outstanding
debt. It focuses on a refunding that saves money and spreads debt service costs fairly over time and does not juggle the timing of debt service costs in a manner places unfair costs on riders and taxpayers in the more
March 20, 2012Reviews and recommends changes to the school aid proposal made in the NYS Executive Budget for FY2013.
Blog City Budget
February 09, 2012Tax revenues are not exceeding expectations; they are just on target.
February 01, 2012CBC Breakfast with Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye in February 2012.
Report Public Workforce
January 29, 2012This report examines the contract negotiations between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and its largest union, the Transport Workers Union Local 100, and it applies the criteria specified by the Public Employment Relations Board for determining arbitration awards. It finds that the public interest will be served by an agreement that maintains a good standard of living for workers, is within the MTA’s ability to pay, and does not force further harm upon riders.