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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?
Video State Budget
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.
Video Health Care
May 14, 20132013 Medicaid Redesign Team Briefing given by NYS Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson.
Blog State Budget
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.
Blog State Budget
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.
January 24, 2013Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget for fiscal year 2013-14 increases school aid by 4.4 percent.
Report Capital Spending
December 11, 2008This report explores the application of public-private partnership (PPPs) in New York by explaining its definition of such a relationship and offering in-depth guidelines, potential applications (including highway bridges, New York City school buildings, New York City parks, and higher education facilities), examples on a global, national, and local level, and potential missteps and cautions.
Report Health Care
December 09, 2008New York’s Medicaid program is the most expensive in the nation, projected to cost $45 billion in fiscal year 2008-09 and to consume nearly one-third of the New York State budget. New York State can provide needy residents with better nursing home care and save about $1.2 billion annually in fiscal year 2008-2009 by changing the way its Medicaid program pays nursing homes. This report explains why the current system is wasteful, perpetuating inefficiencies and inequities without assuring high quality care, and how a better payment system might work.
Report Economic Development
December 02, 2008The Economic Development Zone program has become a vehicle for giving tax breaks to a variety of corporations with no clear, consistent, verifiable justification for the public investment. This report describes the benefits enjoyed by participating firms and how those benefits are distributed among economic regions of the State and types of firms; identifies and elaborates on the three serious problems that compromise the program’s efficacy; and asserts that the Empire Zone program cannot be fixed, citing past failures to do so, and should end.
February 04, 2008CBC recently looked at the option of expanding New York’s existing circuit breaker program to provide targeted relief to the neediest taxpayers as background for a forum on local tax relief convened on December 6, 2007. Based on that review of options the following points, outlined in this report, can be highlighted: 1) Circuit breakers are common; 2) New York’s circuit breaker needs reform; and 3) The poorly crafted School Tax Relief Program (STAR) would work better as a circuit breaker.