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Blog State Budget
December 19, 2011The Governor should avoid more new taxes as the way to close the rest of the budget gap and instead focus on containing spending growth in Medicaid, pensions, education, and economic development.
November 01, 2011New York State imposes more than 200 special education mandates above and beyond those required by federal law; changes are needed to bring NY in line with other states.
Blog Public Workforce
October 27, 2011The New York City union welfare funds could also use some "depoliticizing, professionalizing and streamlining."
Testimony City Budget
October 27, 2011New York is being wasteful in its waste management practices. We could save tens of millions, perhaps even hundreds of millions, of dollars without harming the environment by more sensibly managing New Yorkers’ solid waste. An improved system for waste collection and disposal could prevent further reductions in essential services in coming budgets.
Report Economic Development
September 12, 2011This report examines New York State economic development programs' past mistakes and explores the potential to improve meaningful outcomes via new regional councils designed to streamline and coordinate the current array of state economic development efforts. It warns of the danger that new regional councils will become new heads on the already huge an unwieldy New York State economic development portfolio.
Video Pensions & Benefits
August 31, 2011CBC Breakfast with NYC Deputy Mayor Bob Steel in August 2011.
Blog Public Workforce
August 28, 2011A close look at the agreements between Mayor Bloomberg and city unions reveals that jobs were not saved by labor concessions but through diverting other resources or creating new risks in the budget.
Letter Pensions & Benefits
June 29, 2011CBC sent a letter of commendation to the State Legislators who voted against school district borrowing for pension contributions (A6309/S4067).
Blog Public Workforce
June 22, 2011Following the template provided by Governor Cuomo and the CSEA can produce $1.4 billion in savings for New York City in fiscal year 2012 – more than enough to avert layoffs and other cuts.
May 01, 2011Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering a proposal from SUNY-Buffalo to give that university greater autonomy. The proposal deserves support and should be extended to all SUNY schools.
April 08, 2011CBC Breakfast with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher in April 2011.
Report City Budget
April 03, 2011This report assesses how New York compares to other cities in pursuing green objectives and suggests how New York’s leaders can set priorities for taking additional steps to promote environmental goals in ways that align with goals of economic growth and urban competitiveness.
March 31, 2011Changes made in the Enacted NYS FY2012 Budget “leveled” out the Governor’s original school aid proposal, which had been targeted so that the percent cut generally increased as the wealth of the district increased.
February 27, 2011The overall reduction in school aid in the NY State FY2012 Executive Budget is necessary to bring spending to a more sustainable level, but the cuts’ impacts on individual districts should be modified.
February 18, 2011CBC Breakfast with CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein in February 2011.
Blog Pensions & Benefits
February 01, 2011Negotiating increases in premium sharing with school employee unions would provide immediate savings and reduce future costs.
November 29, 2004CBC recommends reforms to improve efficiencies in education spending to offset the additional spending required under the Campaign for Fiscal Equity settlement. Recommendations include: 1) Reallocating state education aid away from wealthy districts and to more needy districts; 2) Relaxing limits on the time teachers spend in the classroom; 3) Consolidating small school districts; and 4) placing a cap on administrative expenses.
November 29, 2004CBC recommends two alternative proposals to meet the Campaign for Fiscal Equity capital requirements for providing adequate classroom space. The two options are redistricting schools and operating schools on year-round schedules.
November 29, 2004CBC assesses the potential to increase gambling revenue in order to meet the requirements of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity settlement and finds that aggressive pursuit of gambling revenues has the potential to generate $2 and $3 billion annually, but the State must consider its long-run sustainability, disproportionate impact on lower-income taxpayers, and social costs.