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26
Apr
1999
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
22
Apr
1999
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
22
Apr
1999
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 policies
22
Apr
1999
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
21
Apr
1999
ALBANY—State 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 Institute
19
Apr
1999
State Government Taxes Per Capita, 1998 Rank State Amt. Rank State Amt. 1 Connecticut $2,869 27 West Virginia $1,663 2 Delaware 2,665 28 Indiana 1,652 3 Hawaii 2,662 29 Illinois 1,641 4 Minnesota 2,434 30 Vermont 1,621 5 Massachuse 2,357 31 Arkansas 1,598 6 Michigan 2,210 32 Nebraska 1,584 7 Wisconsin 2,135 33 Oklahoma 1,584 8 Washington 2,075 34 Mississippi 1,578 9 California 2,073 35 Ohio 1,574 10 New Mexico 2,058 36 Virginia 1,552 11 NEW YORK $1,989 37 Oregon 1,523 12 Alaska 1,932 38 Georgia 1,517 13 New Jersey 1,923 39 Montana 1,513 14 Maine 1,905 40 Missouri 1,512 15 Nevada 1,848 41 Florida 1,509 16 North 1,838 42 Arizona 1,489 17 Utah 1,828 43 Colorado 1,485 18 Kentucky 1,807 44 South 1,482 19 Rhode 1,805 45 Louisiana 1,392 20 Maryland 1,790 46 Alabama 1,318 21 Wyoming 1,779 47 Tennessee 1,288 22 Kansas 1,768 48 Texas 1,246 23 Pennsylvani 1,719 49 South 1,129 24 North 1,690 50 New 851 25 Iowa 1,678 U
19
Apr
1999
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
15
Apr
1999
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
15
Apr
1999
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 dissent. 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
15
Apr
1999
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