The number of new state regulations has been cut in half since Governor
Pataki created the Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform, a new report
from GORR says.
"We'll keep slashing away at the tangle of red tape so often involved
in government bureaucracy," David S. Bradley, GORR's acting director,
A new Assembly bill that would require health-care insurers to provide
coverage of infertility treatments has re-energized debate about health-care
mandates and their effects on health-care costs.
The bill, sponsored by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, would mandate
that any health insurance that covers hospital stays, surgical care,
and medical care must also cover costs of diagnosis and treatments for
infertility, including drug therapy, artificial insemination and in-vitro
Bulletin #2: April 26, 1999
Just The Facts: New York State is a leader in spending
This year's debate over the state budget boils down to one key question: How much should spending go up in the coming year?
The health-care lobbyists, the education establishment and others are hoping the answer is several multiples of the inflation rate
Bulletin #1: April 12, 1999
Surplus? What surplus? Long-term, New York has none
The tax-and-spend crowd says New York has a huge surplus. Reflecting the old political culture of Albany, they believe the only choice is to spend more. They want more money for hospitals, even though our per-capita spending on hospital services is more than twice the levels of California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and other states
Governor Pataki has proposed abolishing current regulations on the commercial
insurance industry, giving new momentum to the call for insurance deregulation.
The Governor's plan, which was announced April 15, would eliminate the
requirement that the state Insurance Department approve many commercial
Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno has proposed a debt-reform plan
that would cut the state's projected debt by $6 billion over five years
and reform its borrowing practices.
The Senate plan would eliminate "back-door borrowing"--that is, borrowing
not expressly approved by voters
ALBANYState and local government spending in New York is second-highest
among the 50 states, at nearly 52 percent above the national average.
And the state is far ahead of its competitors in taxpayer spending
on hospitals, Medicaid, schools and welfare.
Those are among the data in Just
The Facts: Key Economic and Social Indicators for New York State,
published today by The Public Policy
ALBANY—The tax burden imposed by New York State government rose
more than the inflation rate in 1998, but other states increased tax
collections more, according to statistics the U.S. Census Bureau released
on the Internet today. The result was a further improvement in New York's
relative state-tax burden, from 15
The Business Council is asking its members to review a new proposal
to enact state tax credits for construction and renovation of "green" buildings.
The bill, which was proposed April 9 by Governor Pataki, is designed
to encourage the environmentally friendly construction and renovation
of commercial office and retail buildings, residential buildings with
12 or more units, and buildings to be used for "public assembly