Location Affordability in Large U.S. Cities: Variability Among Types of Households

Aug 20, 2014

The third in a series on affordable housing in New York City, this policy brief considers combined housing and transportation costs relative to income for a variety of housing types. It finds that New York City is generally affordable for moderate- and middle-income households. Affordability for low-income households, however, remains a challenge.

Housing Affordability Versus Location Affordability: The Rent Is Too Damn High! But the Metrocard is a Pretty Good Deal

Aug 13, 2014

The second in a series on affordable housing in New York City, this policy brief explores how low transportation costs and high income make New York City relatively affordable when compared to other large cities in the United States.

The Affordable Housing Crisis: How Bad Is It in New York City?

Aug 06, 2014

The policy brief, the first in a series on housing affordability, analyzes data from 22 U.S. cities to assess whether affordable housing is a nationwide problem or one particular to New York City.

12 Things New Yorkers Should Know About Their Garbage

May 21, 2014

This report highlights the reasons for the surprisingly high cost of this essential service, including inefficiencies that the City should address in its upcoming negotiations with sanitation workers.

Report: 12 Things New Yorkers Should Know About Their Garbage
Press Release

Financing PATH: Options for Deficit Reduction

Apr 24, 2014

This report examines the financing arrangements for the PATH transit system operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The report provides background information on the PATH system, describes its current financing sources and need for sizable cross-subsidies from other PANYNJ business lines, and recommends new policits to reduce the need for such cross-subsidies.

The Most Important Economic and Fiscal Decisions Facing the Next Mayor

Dec 06, 2013

This book is a series of "options papers" presented at a conference on the most important economic and fiscal decisions facing the next Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio. The challenges covered in this book include tax revenues, capital and debt, economic development, and expenses. Below you will find links to the book, the media alert, and video of panels discussing the book's findings.

Report: The Most Important Economic and Fiscal Decisions Facing the Next Mayor
Media Alert

The Challenge of Making Universal Prekindergarten a Reality in New York State

Oct 24, 2013

Calling for the expansion of prekindergarten programs in New York may be popular and, if done properly, may also be worthwhile and cost effective over the long run. But before raising public expectations, New York’s leaders should review the history of such efforts and take stock of some key realities, including the high cost.

Report: The Challenge of Making Universal Prekindergarten a Reality in New York State
Map: Universal Pre-K Participation
Press Release

Three Key Steps for Improving New York State’s New Statewide Capital Plan

Sep 26, 2013

The Citizens Budget Commission today released a Policy Brief containing its assessment of New York State’s first-ever 10-year capital plan. The plan was released in June by the New York Works Task Force, appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Legislative leaders to more effectively and strategically allocate New York’s capital investment funding.

7 Things New Yorkers Should Know About Municipal Labor Contracts

May 20, 2013

Municipal government is the largest employer in New York City, employing almost 300,000 people to provide the services on which businesses, residents and visitors rely. This is an expensive enterprise: personnel costs, including salaries, health insurance and pensions, make up more than half of the City of New York’s $72 billion budget.

Competitiveness Scorecard: Assessing NYC's Competitiveness as a Home for Human Capital

Feb 07, 2013

The future econonomic prosperity of the New York City metropolitan area depends on attracting and retaining a highly-educated workforce. In coming years, economic growth will be driven by industries that require highly-skilled workers with specialized knowldge, technical expertise and an ability to innovate.

Competitiveness Scorecard
Scorecard Analysis
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