Seeing Through New York

The expectation in New York that public information should be available online is only a recent development in the online era.

Ten years ago the landscape was radically different (and not just because Netflix dealt solely in DVDs), which is why the creation of See Through New York was a game changer.

In its first year, the site published payroll information for New York City and the state’s largest authorities, shared legislative expenditure data and unveiled a tool to analyze local tax data. Since then, See Through New York has launched new applications and continued to grow its database of public information. Continue reading “Seeing Through New York”

Debt 101: Paying Today’s Bills (Tomorrow)

Everyone knows a Lannister always pays their debts and that Bruce Springsteen has debts that no honest man can pay, but how much do people know about New York’s debt and the state’s penchant for borrowing billions of dollars each year?

E.J. McMahon, research director at the Empire Center for Public Policy, joined Poozer Politics to offer an introductory seminar on borrowing in New York. He put the state’s borrowing practices into perspective, explained how politicians have repeatedly devised new ways to borrow more money and outlined a proposal that would give the voters more direct control over borrowing money.

The conversation touches on a failed referendum in 1992, highlights the state’s favorite slush fund and explores Gov. Nelson Rockefeller’s legacy of debt.  Continue reading “Debt 101: Paying Today’s Bills (Tomorrow)”

EXTRA EXTRA: Medicaid Monte in New York

Bill Hammond thought he was out, but he got pulled back into Poozer Politics.

For this emergency episode, Hammond provided analysis of a proposed amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that would shift the Medicaid burden in New York. He shed light on a  version of this proposal from former-Gov. Mario Cuomo, provided background on Medicaid in New York and speculated about the potential winners and losers in the state if the amendment is adopted (Hint: It’s being pushed by upstate members of Congress).

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Gov. Cuomo or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Nuclear Energy

This episode features Empire Center for Public Policy analyst Ken Girardin laying out his critique of the recently enacted Clean Energy Standard and the decision to subsidize nuclear power plants in upstate New York.

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