Wise Measures: Three Proposals To Retain In The FY2015 Budget

Mar 21, 2014
As the final contours of the fiscal year 2014-15 New York State budget are shaped over the coming days the legislature should retain three little mentioned but important proposals by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Although compromises from positions supported by the Citizens Budget Commission, the Governor’s proposals are meaningful reforms; they should not be omitted or watered down as they were in the Senate and Assembly “one-house” budget resolutions.

Five-Year Pocket Summary, 66th Edition, February 2014

Feb 26, 2014

Collection of financial data relating to New York City and New York State government in FY 2010-2014.

Presentation of Governor's FY 2014-2015 Executive Budget by NYS Budget Director Robert Megna

Feb 12, 2014

School Aid in the 2014-15 Executive Budget: An Overview and Interactive Map

Jan 28, 2014
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s fiscal year 2014-15 Executive Budget proposes to increase total education aid from $21.1 billion to $21.9 billion, a change of $807 million or 3.8 percent from school year 2013-14. Of the total increase $100 million is for universal prekindergarten expansion, $79 million is for unspecified uses and $25 million funds performance grants for teachers and school districts.

The Ongoing Challenge of Producing a $2 Billion Surplus: An Update

Jan 23, 2014
On January 21 Governor Andrew Cuomo presented a $142.1 billion fiscal year 2015 Executive Budget. One of its the most anticipated features – previewed at the State of the State address two weeks ago – was a projected $2 billion annual surplus beginning in fiscal year 2016-17. This surplus is achieved only if growth in state operating fund spending (total spending excluding capital funds and federal aid) is held at 2 percent or less.

The Challenge of Producing a $2 Billion Surplus

Jan 17, 2014
Governor Cuomo has stated the $2 billion in tax cuts he proposed in his State of the State address on January 8 can be paid for with surplus funds that will become available in fiscal year 2016-17 if State Operating Funds disbursements can be held to an annual growth rate of no more than 2 percent and receipts grow as projected. With school aid and Medicaid – the two largest items in the state budget – growing at annual rates at or above 4 percent under separate statutory caps, all other categories of spending, including agency operations, will face offsetting reductions to the plan if the net increase in overall state spending is to be kept to 2 percent.

Letter to the Governor Urges Approval of Preschool Special Education Oversight Bill

Dec 10, 2013

CBC urges the approval of A7302-A/S5568-A, a bill that will improve the oversight of preschool special education program providers.

It would reduce fraud, abuse and mismanagement by requiring that every provider be audited at least once by the State Comptroller by March 31, 2018 and that Executive Directors of providers be fully engaged and qualified for their positions.

Letter to the New York State Tax Relief Commission Offering Observations and Recommendations

Nov 26, 2013

In a letter to members of the New York State Tax Relief Commission, the CBC submits observations and recommendations in advance of the Commission report in December.

Good Ideas in Tax Commission Report

Nov 15, 2013
The report from the State Tax Reform and Fairness Commission released yesterday contains many smart proposals and deserves serious study by the Governor and the Legislature. Two ideas in particular are especially worthwhile – reducing exemptions from the sales tax and reforming business tax incentives.
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