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.

What School Aid Cap? For a Second Year School Aid Grows More than 5 Percent

Apr 04, 2014
As CBC warned last year, the school aid genie did not go back in the bottle. The fiscal year 2015 New York State enacted budget increased school aid by $1.1 billion for school year 2014-15, or 5.4 percent.

CBC Prize For Public Service Innovation To Be Awarded To The NYS Department Of Health For Its Health Plan Marketplace Exchange

Mar 24, 2014
The Citizens Budget Commission today announced that the winner of the 2014 CBC Prize for Public Service Innovation is the New York State Department of Health for the creation of NY State of Health, New York’s official health plan Marketplace.

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.

Fix New York State’s Broken School Aid Formulas

Mar 12, 2014
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s fiscal year 2014-15 Executive Budget proposes to increase education aid from $21.1 billion to $21.9 billion, a change of $807 million or 3.8 percent from school year 2013-14. If the legislature approves the increase, school year 2014-15 will mark the first year that school aid surpasses its pre-recession 2009-10 peak. Unfortunately, much of this large infusion of resources will be misdirected to school districts with less need than others.

CBC Letter to the State Legislature on the Tax Relief and Reform Proposals for FY2015

Mar 05, 2014

CBC writes a letter to the State legislature expressing support for the Executive Budget reforms to New York’s business, estate, and utility taxes. However, CBC recommends that action on the property tax relief proposals be deferred until their design is improved and until the surplus necessary to sustain them is actually achieved.

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