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
Press Release

Policy Brief: Better Targeting New York’s Pupil Transportation Aid

Dec 13, 2012

Public education from preschool to grade 12 in New York is a $60 billion enterprise, accounting for one in three state and local tax dollars. Per pupil spending in New York is well above national norms and ranks second among states behind Connecticut. But recent years have not been easy for school districts.

Policy Brief: Better Targeting New York’s Pupil Transportation Aid
Interactive Map: Transportation Spending Per Pupil and State Aid Ratios
Press Release: CBC Unveils New Interactive Map Showing How Transportation Spending Per Pupil Varies By School District In New York State

A Comparative Analysis of the Pay of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Officers

Dec 03, 2012

This policy brief compares the wages PANYNJ police officers with those of the largest state and local police forces in the region, as well as a federal agency. The major finding of the report is that PANYNJ’s police officers are paid more generously than officers of most other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Policy Brief: A Comparative Analysis of the Pay of PANYNJ Police Officers
Press Release: CBC Issues Report on Compensation of PANYNJ Police Officers

Recommendations for the Next Round of Economic Development Council Awards

Oct 11, 2012

This year New York will allocate $762 million in economic development funds through the recently created Regional Economic Development Councils. Although the Councils have improved the effectiveness of the funding within their purview, they still control only a fraction of total economic development spending and their review process still leaves room for improvement.

Press Release

A Better Way to Pay for the MTA

Oct 10, 2012

The MTA plays a vital role in New York City's economy. More than 70 percent of the 3.7 million people who enter New York City’s central business district on a typical weekday come by mass transit. Of those using mass transit, 83 percent or 2.1 million rely on the MTA’s commuter rail, subway or bus services.

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