Remaining the World's Most Competitive City

Jun 19, 2013

A study released earlier this month by The Economist Intelligence Unit held good news for New York City, which ranked first among 120 global cities based on ability to attract capital, businesses and talent. But the competition is fierce, and is not limited to international megacities like London, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

NY's People Strengths Need Constant Work

Feb 10, 2013

Human capital is a hot topic. Thriving in the information economy requires a highly skilled workforce with specialized expertise and an ability to innovate. Attracting such a workforce is essential to New York's ability to retain strength in core industries and cultivate emerging ones.

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.

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Letter Urging Veto of A.10722A/S.7722A

Jul 27, 2012

The letter urges Governor Cuomo to veto A.10722A/S.7722A, a bill that would allow for consideration of a child’s “home environment and family background” in special education placement determinations. This provision has the potential to create significant costs for school districts that are already under severe fiscal pressure.

How New York State Doles Out its Education Dollar

Jul 26, 2012
In school year 2012-13 school districts in New York are expecting to receive $20.4 billion in aid from New York State, an amount that comprises just over 40 percent of the their total budgets on average. Aid varies among districts, however.

Improving the Poorly Targeted Proposed School Aid Increase

Mar 21, 2012

One of the items yet to be settled in the State budget is the distribution of the Governor’s proposed $805 million state aid increase for school districts. Governor Cuomo’s education aid proposal contains three parts: 1) an increase in foundation aid of $290 million; 2) the addition of $265 million in categorical aids; and 3) $250 million for new competitive performance grants.

Needed Mandate Relief on the Way?

Nov 02, 2011

New York State imposes more than 200 special education mandates above and beyond those required by federal law.[1] Some were put in place to protect due process or guarantee timely services, while others limit class sizes and caseloads. All translate into higher costs and help fuel rapid spending growth.

How Much Did New York’s 2010 Early Retirement Incentive Save?

Oct 26, 2011

In June 2010 the New York State budget was two months past due; Governor David Paterson’s calls for state employee furloughs and salary freezes had been rebuffed by labor union leaders; and a no-layoff pledge for state workers, agreed to in exchange for pension reforms for new hires, was in effect through the end of the calendar year.

High Time For Higher Education Funding Reform

Apr 14, 2010

The Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act, included in the 2010- Executive Budget, proposes significant changes in the funding of New York State's system of public higher education.

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