Corporate tax breaks and grants total $1.7 billion this year alone in New York State. That’s up three-fold since 2005. The ROI? Employment is down. A devastating analysis by David Cay Johnston for Tax Analysts.
The governors of eight Northeast states, including New York, want the federal government to force Midwest-Rust Belt states to prevent coal plant soot and smog from wafting across borders. The solutions are costly air pollution control technology or closing the coal plants for good.
Two Erie County towns–Tonawanda and Amherst–rank in the top 10 of courts in the state that collect the most fines. A data and map project from the The Post-Standard.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax commission has determined that corporate tax breaks totaled $1.8 billion last year. “If you eliminated all the credits, you could cut business taxes enormously for everybody,” one official told the New York Daily News.
Wealthy interests are driving the state’s education reform efforts, usurping veteran Education Department staffers. “It is unsettling to watch the dismantling of public education by inexperienced employees hired from a special fund,” one principal told the Albany Times Union.
David Cay Johnston, a friend of Investigative Post, reports for Newsweek about the federal government’s growing hostility to requests for documents and data from journalists under the Freedom of Information Law.
Ontario is a year away from removing coal-fired power from its grid. But the smog isn’t going away. That’s because half of Ontario’s smog comes from the United States, namely Michigan, where half of its electricity comes from coal-fired power plants. In comparison, about 3 percent of New York’s electricity comes from coal.
New York’s electricity bills are 60 percent higher than the national average. And those bills could be on the rise by as much as 13 percent. A report from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.