State and Provincial Budgets

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    New Yorkers Suspicious Of Andrew Cuomo's Shady Back-Room Deal-Making, Poll Shows

    Andrew Cuomo, undoubtedly, is a pretty popular guy amongst New Yorkers (especially with New York Post state capital bureau chief Fred Dicker -- as we've chronicled, the guy just loves him). The gov currently boasts a 68-percent job approval rating, according to the latest poll. However, more than tw ... More >>

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    January 16, 2012

    Cuomo Might Call for Cuts in Tuesday's Budget Proposal

    ​Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn't releasing his 2012-2013 budget proposal until Tuesday, but early reports suggest more cuts are on their way, The Associated Press reports (via Wall Street Journal). Because Cuomo has to address a $2 billion shortfall -- and has promised no additional taxes -- this me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2011

    New Jersey Lawmakers Vote to Bail Out Xanadu, "The Vietnam of Malls"

    ​The New Jersey state Senate and Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill that would offer up to $350 million in state funds to help complete the stalled Xanadu mall. WNYC reports that lawmakers tacked some provisions onto the bill, namely a tax credit that rewards developers and lets them off t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Today in El Diario: An "Unpardonable" Budget

    ​Today in El Diario, that newspaper at your bodega you always wondered about... Reacting to the New State Budget New Yorkers have varying opinions on the tentative $132.5 billion in state budget cuts, according to the Spanish-language daily. Generally, though, they disapprove of the proposed ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Bloomberg Calls State Budget an 'Outrage,' Dubs NYC the 'Jewel' of State's Crown

    ​"We're the one that's generating the money," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday, calling the budget agreement in Albany an "outrage." Bloomberg argues that the cutbacks Governor Andrew Cuomo hopes to make will affect mostly the city in the form of education and heath care trimmings. "We a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    New York Post May Not Approve of Andrew Cuomo's High Approval Rating

    ​Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, while fair and balanced 99 percent of the time, occasionally allows some bias to creep into one of its many media outlets. Hard to believe, but if you look very close, you can find it. So let's play a game: Guess the News Corp. lede!

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    New York's Indians Try to Fend Off the (Marlboro) Man: A Court Fight Over Smoking Rights

    ​Hasn't America already doled out a terrible hand to the Indians already without trying to make them a part of their eugenics and assimilation? Apparently not. Today, the Seneca Nation Indians have to fight off New York State from taxing cigarette purchases made by non-Indians on their reserva ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    NYC Smokers Being Snuffed Out: Tax Hike and $13 Packs No Fun

    ‚ÄčIt's been six weeks since New York's state government raised the cigarette tax to $4.35 a pack (more in NYC), and guess what? Cigarette sales have fallen by 35 percent. And the tax hike has translated to only $6 million more in revenue since last month. The reason? New York smokers are broke! Or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    David Paterson Vetoes His Way to Tabloid Glory

    ​David Paterson would have you believe that he did the only responsible thing by vetoing almost 7,000 appropriation bills passed by his former Democratic colleagues in the Legislature. He is even taking a veto victory tour, sustained by the fact that the Republican minority in the State Senate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Rick Lazio Running For Governor Next Year?

    Rick Lazio spokesman Kevin Fullington has been giving us video lessons for the last couple of days about the size of the state's deficit, tossing a $40 billion number around to scare and befuddle. One number he definitely didn't get right, even as he stood before a chalkboard, is the year his candi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Bronx High School Blows $90,000; Owes $100,000

    ​Staffers at John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx apparently nibbled away at more than $90,000 that students had raised at bake sales and fund-raisers, state Controller Thomas DiNapoli found. The Daily News asks, "Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?" Those must have been some cookie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    David Paterson vs. Philip Morris: A Great American Smokeout

    ​In today's battle of greater and lesser evils.... On one side, we have Altria (the pleasantly named yet clearly partial parent company of Philip Morris, which sells products that are proven to kill people). On the other, there's the Paterson team.

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    NY Senate Warming to Weed to Fill Budget Gap?

    ​The New York State Senate has rejected a variety of 'sin' taxes that Governor Paterson has proposed to raise revenue. The Senate's budget proposal has neglected to tax sodas, or additionally tax cigarettes to help fill the $9 billion budget deficit. They've also declined to earn additional re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Thomas DiNapoli, State Comptroller: Tax Take Down, Wall Street Bonuses Up, Pension Fund Healthier

    ​State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reports that New York sales tax revenue went down last year by 5.9 percent versus 2008. And city sales tax collection declined even in the spender's paradise of New York City, by the same percentage. (It was worse elsewhere: in the Lower Hudson Valley collect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    School Groups Sue Paterson for Not Sending Them Money

    This week Governor Paterson withheld 10 percent of state payments to schools, hospitals, and municipalities because the state is broke and the legislature hasn't done anything about it. The word has gotten around to towns and cities that this is real money we're talking about here, and now educatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Paterson Says He'll Cut $1.6 Billion All by Himself

    Well and truly fed up with the inactive legislature, Governor Paterson claims he can cut $1.6 billion from the budget deficit by executive fiat. He seems safe from accusations of Stalinism in this instance, as the cuts are said to be mainly gleaned from administrative cost savings. Some of the pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2009

    Paterson proposes cut in anti-smoking funds

    ​Among the emergency measures Governor Paterson is proposing to close New York's budget hole is an additional $10 million cut in the state's anti-smoking program, bringing funding down to $58 million from $85 million a year ago. According to Russ Sciandra of the Center for a Tobacco Free New Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Poll: Paterson Still Way Down; Voters Like Giuliani, Suggest He Run for Nothing

    A new Siena poll reveals Governor Paterson down a few points with a 27 percent approval rating, but a point up in performance, bringing him to 19 percent. (One percent of respondents rate Paterson's performance "excellent.") Paterson loses to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo 70-20 percent in a prospect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Paterson Orders $500 Million in Cuts

    Governor Paterson today ordered an 11 percent cut in the state's budget, which he says would amount to half a billion dollars in savings for the cash-strapped state. "When combined with last year's actions," the Governor claims, this "would result in annual, recurring savings of $1.5 billion." (Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    IBO Finds NYC Budget About $1 Billion Worse Than Mayor Does (Updated)

    Mayor Bloomberg's getting really creative in his attempts in stim the city's failing economy: today he, Anna Wintour, Vera Wang and others announce that they'll hold "Fashion's Night Out" on Thursday, September 10, and call on rag traders "to keep their doors open late." They claim over 100 stores ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Latest Budget: OK, Taxes on the Rich After All

    Governor Paterson announced a "budget agreement" with legislative leaders on Sunday. He says this agreement closes the state's budget gap -- which he found to be $2.2 billion bigger than expected last week -- and "stabilizes our finances, and institutes critical reforms that will help eliminate wast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    State Budget Gap Grows by $2.2 Billion

    And oh hey guess what: the state budget gap is bigger than previously announced. Governor Paterson and legislative leaders announced it's up about $2.2 billion to $16 billion plus. A new, lower state revenue estimate revealed the mark-up; these aren't normally announced outside of official budget es ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2008

    $9 Billion in Unclaimed State Funds Available

    If we were the State Comptroller, we'd claim amnesia and use them to close the budget deficit, but Thomas DiNapoli feels it his duty to inform you that New York is sitting on $9 million in unclaimed funds from rebates, dividends, court judgments, etc, and you may search online here to see if any of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Skelos Calls His Own Damn Session

    For an alleged lame duck, state senate majority leader Dean Skelos is acting pretty spry. Having frustrated Governor Paterson's special legislative session to further cut state spending last week, Skelos has called for his own special session to address spending on December 15 -- which, the Albany T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    MTA Budget: Fares Up (23 Percent!), Service Down,

    As expected, today's news from the MTA is grim: Highlights include a proposed 23 percent "yield" (read: overall increase) in fares and tolls by June of 2009, and the reduction of manpower and levels of service throughout the system. Specifics should be ironed out over the next month, but a letter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Special Budget Vote Off; Dems, Reps Accuse Each Other of Bad Faith

    The special legislative session with which Governor Paterson hoped to make quick cuts in the state budget has been cancelled, as the Governor felt the current, Republican state senate majority leader, Dean Skelos, was not seriously engaged in the process, says the New York Times. While the Governor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Paterson Sees $12.5 Billion Deficit for '09; Plans "Painful" Cuts

    To relieve some of the angst of his mid-year update to the State Financial Plan, Governor David Paterson asked reporters this rainy Tuesday morning to think of pleasant warm beaches in Hawaii. It didn't help. According to Paterson's projections, New York faces a shortfall of $1.5 billion this year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2007

    Closing the MTA Budget Gap

    When the MTA announced looming fare hikes last month, it was noted here that the MTA's decision to let Bruce Ratner, the developer of the Atlantic Yards, have the Vanderbilt Rail Yards for $100 million was looking like a poor choice. The MTA's own appraisal valued the land at $214 million. And why ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2006

    Secrets of the Ratner Plan Revealed! (Not)

    Under pressure from Assemblymember Jim Brennan, the Committee on Open Government, and us, the state Empire State Development Corporation has finally released its economic impact study of Bruce Ratner's proposed Atlantic Yards project . . . kinda. What the ESDC actually made public yesterday was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2005

    Yuan, Me, and the Mayor Makes 3

    During the 2005 mayoral campaign the BIG ISSUE no candidate talked about was the looming $4.5 billion gap in the budget due next summer. But that big issue keeps getting smaller and smaller. Last month City Hall said increased tax revenues had shrunk the gap to $2.25 billion, and today the Comptroll ... More >>

  • News

    July 26, 2005

    The Shel Game

    Silver and his Albany pals mint hundreds of millions in corporate handouts without anybody noticing

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    May 11, 2004
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    May 13, 2003
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    April 29, 2003
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    July 9, 2002

    Getting Away With Murder

    Pataki's Fiscal Follies Pass Unnoticed in Re-Election Fervor