Monthly Archives: March 2012

Polls and Choices..

This morning the Empire Center for New York State Policy released results from a poll conducted last week, showing that 71% of public school teachers in New York support the choice of a defined benefit/defined contribution retirement plan and 26% … Continue reading

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The Budget Dance Begins…

Yesterday, both the State Assembly and Senate passed their one-house budget resolutions.  These resolutions are in reality “tweaks” to the Governor’s proposal, signaling the true beginning of serious budget negotiations. With the new state fiscal year beginning April 1st, the … Continue reading

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The “March Lion” Redux..

As I talked about yesterday, the debate regarding substantial pension reform was starting to escalate.  Perhaps I should have waited a day because the pot appears to be boiling over. This morning brought news that both the Senate and Assembly … Continue reading

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Tier VI Brings March in Like A Lion

Remember the old saying about the month of March, “in like a lion, out like a lamb” or vice versa?  Well, in Albany there usually are no lambs in March.   If the last two days are any indication, the … Continue reading

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Mandate Relief – Not Just A Soundbite

The phrase “mandate relief” has been one of the most used public policy phrases in the past 12 months, with no signs of slowing down.  From politicians to advocates (including me), mandate relief is, or at least seems to be, … Continue reading

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Wage Theft Repeal On The Way?

Some bemoan Tax Day (who am I kidding, we all do), others a trip to the dentist, but for business owners in New York, it is the first day in February. Under the cover of the 2010 holiday season and … Continue reading

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