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
There have been several signs in Albany in recent weeks to suggest that
momentum for tort reform may be growing.
The New York State Bar Association April 10 voted to continue its opposition
to tort reform-but not before a minority of its members voiced strong
The Corporate Counsel and Municipal Law sections of the association
supported some reforms advanced by New
Yorkers for Civil Justice Reform, a coalition that includes The Council
and groups representing municipalities, nonprofit groups, and associations
of physicians, architects, farmers, and many others
Business organizations in Buffalo,
Rochester, and Syracuse have unveiled Advance Upstate New York, a new
effort to bolster the upstate economy.The three groups are seeking
legislative action on four issues they consider barriers to economic
growth upstate. Specifically, they are seeking:
Repeal of the gross receipts
tax on utilities to reduce New York's high energy costs