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December 18, 2019The City should work with the MTA to assure that Access-A-Ride will achieve firm financial footing while providing a cost-effective and efficient service.
November 25, 2019CBC’s longstanding position is that MTA capital investments must first emphasize state of good repair and routine replacement before projects to expand the system or provide enhanced amenities.
November 14, 2019Statement by CBC President Andrew S. Rein on the MTA 2020 Final Proposed Budget and November 2020-2023 Financial Plan.
November 12, 2019The plan’s sheer size renders it impossible to determine what investments should and will happen in the next five years
Blog State Budget
November 05, 2019The State must recognize actual and timely payments for the Medicaid program and explain how it will address the estimated $9 billion Medicaid budget shortfall.
October 07, 2019Among large urban ferry systems, NYC Ferry's subsidy is second highest.
Statement Health Care
October 03, 2019CBC President Andrew S. Rein released this statement on the Medicaid Payment Delays in the New York State Budget: "The State making an end of fiscal year 2019 Medicaid payment a week late was no mere delay. It was an obfuscation of the State’s fiscal condition, allowing the State to avoid addressing a deep and recurring problem."
Blog Public Workforce
September 25, 2019The MTA has committed to hiring 500 new police officers to address quality of life concerns, but it is necessary to understand this strategy comes at a cost.
September 16, 2019The MTA should answer three significant questions when it releases the full 2020-2024 Capital Plan.
August 07, 2019The MTA's 2020 Preliminary Budget and four-year financial plan reveals an alarming fiscal outlook.
Testimony Health Care
May 27, 2019Although NYHA’s goals are laudable, it is not feasible currently and would have significant unintended and possibly negative impacts on the State budget and some New Yorkers.
Testimony City Budget
April 17, 2019NYC Ferry connects many of NYC’s waterfront neighborhoods and business districts at a high price.
April 05, 2019The NYS Adopted FY 2020 Budget directs three revenue sources to support the MTA. This blog clarifies what the revenue streams are and how they will flow to the lockbox.
February 26, 2019Citizens Budget Commission President Andrew Rein issued this statement on the 10-Point Plan to Transform and Fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA):
Blog Health Care
February 15, 2019New York State’s $78 billion Medicaid program includes $5.3 billion of “supplemental payments”. These supplemental payments are crucial to hospitals across the state, especially those largely serving uninsured and Medicaid populations.
February 13, 2019Motorists should pay a greater share of the costs of mass transit to offset the negative impacts of auto use. CBC recommends five principles to guide the crafting of a congestion pricing program
Statement Health Care
February 11, 2019The revised version of the New York Health Act (NYHA) released today is a well-intentioned proposal to continue to increase access to insurance coverage and reduce barriers to quality health care for New Yorkers, but currently it is not a feasible measure.
November 27, 2017There are unanswered questions about the MTA's 2018 budget and $1.5 billion Subway Action Plan.
August 08, 2017System enhancements have often been prioritized over capital improvements of the MTA's infrastructure. The sensible and ambitious turnaround plan should be funded by motorists and increased labor productivity.
August 07, 2017Mayor de Blasio’s proposal to raise the top rate on the personal income tax is not an appropriate way to raise funds.