CBC Executive Vice President and Research Director Charles Brecher Before New York City Charter Revision Commission

Jun 27, 2005

In testimony to the New York City Charter Revision Commission, CBC endorses the Commission’s proposals to incorporate in the City Charter many of the financial planning and related measures now in the Financial Emergency Act, including four-year financial plans with quarterly modifications, strict limits on short-term borrowing, requiring year-end GAAP balance, and establishing financial report

The Palisades Principles Revisited: A Progress Report

Jun 04, 2005

CBC reviews New York State’s progress on the 10 principles of budget reform known as the Palisades Principles. These 10 principles  emerged from a statewide conference of civic and business leaders held in November 2003 in Palisades, NY. Of the 10 principles, four have shown “no progress”; five have shown “some progress”, and only one has shown “significant progress”.

The Myth of the "Uncontrollables": Four Ways New York City Can Take Control of Its Financial Future and Save $2.5 Billion per Year

May 12, 2005

For years New York City mayors have bemoaned the fact that much of the budget is “uncontrollable.” Different mayors have used a variety of terms, including “unfunded mandates” and “non-discretionary spending,” to describe these items.

CBC Urges the City of New York to Tackle the So-Called "Uncontrollable" Items in its Budget

May 12, 2005

CBC analyzes the so-called “uncontrollable” or “non-discretionary” items in the New York City budget. The report – entitled "The Myth of the Uncontrollables” – urges the City to take action on these items, rather than accept them as inevitable cost increases. The report identifies four ways the City should take the lead in pursuing $2.5 billion in annual savings by fiscal year 2009.

CBC Issues Report On New York State's Progress In Implementing The Palisades Principles

May 04, 2005

CBC issues a report on New York State’s progress on the 10 principles of budget reform known as the Palisades Principles. These 10 principles emerged from a statewide conference of civic and business leaders held in November 2003 in Palisades, NY. Of the 10 principles, four have shown “no progress”; five have shown “some progress”, and only one has shown “significant progress”.

The Case for Redesigning Retirement Benefits for New York's Public Employees

Apr 29, 2005

CBC examines the retirement benefits – health insurance and pension payments – for employees of the City and State of New York.

CBC Calls For Redesign Of Retirement Benefits For Employees Of New York City And New York State

Apr 29, 2005

CBC releases a report that examines the retirement benefits – health insurance and pension payments – for employees of the City and State of New York. It includes a description of current benefits, a comparison to benefits provided by other large private and public employers, and recommendations for redesigning these retirement benefits.

Average Hourly Wages of Public-Sector Employees Exceed Those of Private-Sector Employees in the Greater New York City Region

Apr 21, 2005

CBC releases a statement on 2004 data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data shows that the hourly earnings of State and local government employees exceed those of private-sector employees in the greater New York City region by an average of 15 percent.

CBC Calls On NY Senate To Defeat Pending Resolution S.1

Apr 20, 2005

CBC calls on the New York State Senate to defeat a pending resolution, S. 1, which would amend the budget process set out in the New York State Constitution. This bill would only make the State’s notoriously dysfunctional budget process worse.

CBC Recommendations for New York State 2005-2006 Budget

Mar 21, 2005

CBC makes the following recommendations for the fiscal year 2005-06 State budget: 1) Significantly reduce spending on Medicaid and on ineffective programs; 2) Make meaningful progress in a long-run realignment of state and local fiscal responsibilities for Medicaid and school financing; 3) Balance the budget with recurring revenues; and 4) Enact the budget on time and in full sunlight.

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