Benefit Sweetener Scorecard 2014

May 12, 2014
Now that New York State’s fiscal year 2015 budget has been adopted the legislature is moving on to other business. Bills that “sweeten” or enrich public employee pensions and benefits are typically taken up during the last weeks of session. To help curb this costly activity CBC publishes an annual Benefit Sweetener Scorecard.

Issues Remain In Mayor de Blasio's New Budget

May 09, 2014

For months, the biggest fiscal uncertainty for the city has been how Mayor de Blasio would handle negotiations with the municipal unions that have been working without contracts. The tentative agreement with the teachers union last week and the executive budget released Thursday reveal the mayor’s solution.

PATH Should Be Run By New Jersey Transit

May 05, 2014

PATH—the rail transit system of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey—is the only mass transit system in the nation with no tax subsidy. That should be changed, and responsibility for running PATH should be shifted to New Jersey Transit.

Doulis: City, Teachers’ Agreement Resolves Major Uncertainty Around City’s Financial Plan

May 01, 2014

The tentative agreement between the city and the teachers union resolves major uncertainty surrounding the city's financial plan and ensures some stability in labor relations with a major segment of the city workforce for the next five years.

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.

New York State's Leadership in Providing Health Insurance

Apr 17, 2014

Amidst the national controversy over the creation of health insurance exchanges or marketplaces, the launch and early months of New York's official health plan marketplace stand out. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Departments of Health and Financial Services deserve recognition for an impressive start, even as further refinements are underway.

No Contract Does Not Mean No Raises

Apr 07, 2014
The fact that the entire unionized New York City municipal workforce is working under expired contracts is a big problem, but it does not mean that all municipal workers have gone without raises since their contracts expired.
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