Follow the talk on city and state finances, taxes, budget freezes, and the minimum wage. Learn the ins and outs of the budget to see exactly how New York is spending your tax dollars.
New York City councilmembers say that the mayor’s budget is irresponsible, increasing spending without putting any money toward savings. Read More.
“Budgeting” usually means making hard choices, but with revenues flowing in, de Blasio has not been required to make those tough decisions and prepare for leaner times when they come. Read More.
The New York State budget reflects the state’s fiscal pressures, which Albany has done little to relieve. Read More.
Rather than interfering with the price-setting mechanisms of the free market, the city should pursue more sensible ways of encouraging small businesses and landlords. Read More.
Cuomo tinkering with the state’s tax code may be the appropriate solution to protect taxpayers, but Albany should proceed with caution to ensure that any changes are as seamless as possible. Read More.
Rhetoric aside, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s approach to budgeting and savings has been far from hawkish. Read More.
New Jersey has arguably the worst-funded public-employee pension system in the country, and pension costs are “crowding out” spending on education and other priorities. Read More.
The lavish spending that has kept Mayor de Blasio’s constituencies happy may soon end, as revenues are leveling off, and no economic boom lasts forever. Read More.
New York City budgets keep going up, but are New Yorker taxpayers getting value for their money? We pay high prices, but we expect to get high-quality service in return. Read More.
The facts you need to know about the issues that matter most in New York.