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E. J. McMahon.
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E. J. McMahon.

Edmund J. McMahon is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership. He is also president of the Empire Center for Public Policy, Inc., an independent think tank based in Albany, NY.

McMahon writes on regional, state and local issues, recommending policy changes and reforms to increase economic growth. His recent work has included studies focused on New York's unsustainable public pension and retiree health care costs, the out-migration of New York residents to other states, and a "blueprint" for cutting and restructuring New York's deficit-ridden state budget. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barron's, the Public Interest, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, Newsday, and the New York Sun, among other publications.

McMahon's professional background includes more than twenty-five years as an Albany-based policy analyst and close observer of New York State government, working in both the private and public sectors. He served as deputy commissioner for tax policy analysis and counselor to the commissioner in the state Department of Taxation and Finance; director of minority staff for the state Assembly Ways and Means Committee; vice chancellor for external relations at the State University of New York; and director of research for the Public Policy Institute, research arm of The Business Council of New York State.

At the Public Policy Institute, McMahon's influential research included "The Zero Option," calling for a state employee pay freeze, which was subsequently imposed by then-Gov. Mario Cuomo in the early 1990s; and "Measuring Up In Our Schools," a 1989 study recommending a model school accountability report card later implemented by the state Department of Education. McMahon played the lead role in developing and drafting a historic personal income tax cut enacted under Gov. George Pataki in 1995, and served as an adviser to Pataki's budget transition team in late 1994. He also served on a Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) task force that recommended new disclosure requirements for derivatives and hedging instruments, which GASB adopted in 2007.

Earlier in his career, he was a staff writer and columnist for newspapers including the Albany Times Union and The Knickerbocker News. McMahon is a graduate of Villanova University.

New York Fiscal Watch Memos

Select Media

  • WNYC's "All Things Considered"
  • WABC's "John Batchelor Show"
  • Talk 1300's "Live from the State Capitol"
  • WCNY's "Capitol Pressroom"
  • NPR's "All Things Considered"
  • Fox News's "Happening Now"
  • YNN's "Capitol Tonight"
  • FOX 5 "News at 6pm"
  • WABC's "Up Close with Diana Williams"
  • FOX 5's "Good Day New York"

[SORT BY CATEGORY] [SORT BY PUBLICATION TYPE]

Barriers to Building
  • Down the Road...More Costs For NY Newsday, 04-05-12
  • Union Deal Will Add to Tappan Zee Bridge Cost Newsday, 06-21-12


  • Benefits
  • Triborough Blocks Fiscal Sanity Newsday, 01-25-12
  • Suffolk Cop Deal is No Big Win for Taxpayers Newsday, 08-05-12
  • A Risky Budget Gimmick New York Post, 03-11-13
  • Will Cuomo Punt? New York Post, 05-09-13


  • Business and Economy
  • E.J. McMahon reads article 'New York Bet Its Budget on Wall Street.' Podcast: Commentary, 10-06-08
  • New York State’s Fiscal Reckoning City Journal, Autumn 2008
  • Gov's Brave Talk New York Post, 11-13-08
  • A Just Plain Terrible Tax Proposal New York Post, 12-05-08
  • Ponderous Government is Crushing Opportunity The Post-Standard, 08-01-06
  • Jobs Scandal New York Post, 10-27-04
  • Gotham Corp: Sell New York Post, 07-04-02
  • A Sock In the Face: 'Stimulus' Slaps NY Taxpayers New York Post, 01-27-09
  • The concept of 'shared sacrifice' eludes local school districts The Journal News, 01-30-09
  • "Millionaire Tax" is a Bad Idea The Post-Journal, 02-10-09
  • Spendaholics New York Post, 03-12-09
  • NY's War on Golden Geese New York Post, 07-15-10
  • Public vs. Private Retirements New York Post, 12-19-10
  • State Bankruptcy Is a Bad Idea Wall Street Journal, 01-24-11
  • Gov Comes Down On Taxpayers' Side New York Post, 01-31-11
  • Why Labor Could Afford To Slap The Gov New York Post, 09-28-11
  • The Many Myths Of The Millionaire Tax New York Post, 10-12-11
  • A Tax We Don't Need New York Daily News, 10-18-11
  • Gov Blows Smoke on Tax Hikes New York Post, 12-05-11
  • More Revenue, More Spending New York Times Room for Debate, 12-09-11
  • Spend, Spend, Spend New York Post, 12-10-11
  • Cuomo's Big Idea Looks Like 1970s Newsday, 01-05-12
  • A Silver Bullet -- Aimed At Jobs Newsday, 01-12-12
  • A Meaningful New Try On Pensions Newsday, 01-19-12
  • NY's Still Too Business-Unfriendly Newsday, 02-02-12
  • Look Out, NYers, the Taxman Cometh Newsday, 04-12-12
  • School Tax Power Shifts To Voters Newsday, 05-17-12
  • Competitive Sourcing Can Save Millions The Post-Standard, 06-21-05
  • Higher Minimum Wage Bad for Jobs Newsday, 06-14-12
  • Cuomo Can Help Save Ailing Local Governments Newsday, 09-10-12
  • No Cheap or Easy Way To Replace Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Newsday, 09-20-12
  • Tax-Hike Fantasies New York Post, 10-08-12
  • The Feds Squeeze NY's Golden Geese New York Post, 01-07-13
  • Transformation, Not New York Post, 12-19-12
  • A Risky Budget Gimmick New York Post, 03-11-13
  • Overburdened City Journal, Special Issue 2013
  • No, New York Beats California in Sprint to Last Place Bloomberg, 06-11-13
  • Overburdened by Taxes The Epoch Times, 09-11-13


  • California
  • San Diego Needs Fundamental Pension Reform The San Diego Union-Tribune, 04-23-04
  • Pension Fund Risks In Wild Market Politico, 08-19-11
  • No, New York Beats California in Sprint to Last Place Bloomberg, 06-11-13


  • Counter-Terrorism
  • Why the PA Should Sell Off the WTC New York Post, 08-21-11


  • Crime
  • Rating Mayor Mike City Journal, Summer 2005
  • New York Crime Hits a Tipping Point City Journal, Winter 2005
  • One Step Forward, Two Steps Back City Journal, Summer 2004
  • NY's Prisons Emptying Out New York Post, 02-08-05


  • Economic Development
  • What New York Has Gained From Tax Cuts Civic Report, September 2001
  • To Fix Pension Peril New York Post, 07-13-09
  • California, Here We Come New York Post, 09-28-09
  • The Many Myths Of The Millionaire Tax New York Post, 10-12-11
  • A Tax We Don't Need New York Daily News, 10-18-11
  • NY's Still Too Business-Unfriendly Newsday, 02-02-12
  • Higher Minimum Wage Bad for Jobs Newsday, 06-14-12
  • Cuomo Can Help Save Ailing Local Governments Newsday, 09-10-12


  • Education
  • Rating Mayor Mike City Journal, Summer 2005
  • One Step Forward, Two Steps Back City Journal, Summer 2004
  • Eliot's Excellent Idea New York Post, 01-10-08
  • The Biggest Expenses in Education Newsday, 05-03-12
  • School Tax Power Shifts To Voters Newsday, 05-17-12


  • Employment Law
  • Defuse The Pension Bomb New York Post, 07-09-09
  • New York's Latest Job Killer: A New Bill Would Give Workers Broad Rights To File Suit When Fired New York Daily News, 05-19-10


  • Energy
  • No Cheap or Easy Way To Replace Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Newsday, 09-20-12


  • Government Reform
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the Senate Labor Committee Testimony, October 15, 2003
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the Senate Commission on Corporations, Commissions and Authorities Testimony, December 8, 2004
  • The "$6 Billion Tax Cut" That Gov. Spitzer Isn't (Quite) Proposing Fiscalwatch Memo, January 8, 2007
  • Ready for Change: A Statewide New York Voter Survey ECNY Special Report, January 2006


  • Healthcare
  • Sledgehammer Hit To Crumbling Empire State New York Post, 07-16-09
  • Albany's Phantom Health $avings New York Post, 04-04-10
  • E.J. McMahon discusses the "Early Retiree Reinsurance Program" set up to subsidize employer-sponsored health insurance for retirees who haven't reached the Medicare eligibility age of 65 Podcast: Interview, September 9, 2010
  • Patients Hurt in Insurance Fight Newsday, 05-10-12
  • Medicaid AWOL From Budget Debate Newsday, 03-22-12
  • Escaping ObamaCare: Silver Helps Some New Yorkers New York Post, 06-12-13


  • Housing and Redevelopment
  • Testimony of E.J. Mcmahon before the New York City Council Committee on Waterfronts Testimony, March 4, 2004


  • Law Enforcement
  • New York Crime Hits a Tipping Point City Journal, Winter 2005


  • Legal Issues
  • Court In The Middle New York Post, 02-04-11
  • A Huge Loss For Greedy Tristate Unions New York Post, 07-01-14


  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Spitzer Catches a Break on Medicaid The New York Sun, 11-16-06
  • How New York Stokes Dependency New York Post, 04-30-09
  • Andrew Cuomo Talked Tough, But His Budget Actions Left Something To Be Desired New York Daily News, 01-07-11
  • Medicaid AWOL From Budget Debate Newsday, 03-22-12


  • National Politics
  • Gas Pains New York Post, 09-06-05
  • Court In The Middle New York Post, 02-04-11
  • The Feds Squeeze NY's Golden Geese New York Post, 01-07-13
  • Transformation, Not New York Post, 12-19-12


  • New York City
  • City Journal’s Quality-of-Life Index City Journal, Summer 2002
  • City Journal’s Quality-of-Life Index City Journal, Summer 2003
  • The Return of Dependency? City Journal, Winter 2004
  • One Step Forward, Two Steps Back City Journal, Summer 2004
  • New York Crime Hits a Tipping Point City Journal, Winter 2005
  • Rating Mayor Mike City Journal, Summer 2005
  • Gold-Plated Pensions New York Post, 10-08-08
  • Gov's Brave Talk New York Post, 11-13-08
  • A Just Plain Terrible Tax Proposal New York Post, 12-05-08
  • Rocky's Wreckage New York Post, 07-08-08
  • Mike's Pension Misfire New York Post, 01-22-07
  • Albany's Pork Spending Should Be Ended, Not Mended The Post-Standard, 05-12-08
  • Pension Plan Needs Adjusting The Post-Standard, 02-22-05
  • Start the Revolution New York Daily News, 01-09-05
  • Ferry Foolish New York Post, 11-08-04
  • Don't Hike Taxes, Cut State Spending New York Daily News, 04-07-03
  • Add To City's Medicaid Rolls? Mayor Must Cut Costs & Reform Aid New York Daily News, 02-13-03
  • Botched Cleanup: New York City's & state's post-9/11 fiscal failure New York Post, 08-22-02
  • Bloomberg's (Misplaced) Compassionate Side Gotham Gazette, 02-20-02
  • NY's Pension Peril New York Post, 06-01-09
  • Gov. Paterson Turned His Back on Property Tax Cap Newsday, 06-04-09
  • Defuse The Pension Bomb New York Post, 07-09-09
  • To Fix Pension Peril New York Post, 07-13-09
  • California, Here We Come New York Post, 09-28-09
  • Freeze Wages Now New York Post, 11-02-09
  • Empire of Excess City Journal, Winter 2010
  • Pat Moynihan's Tax Lessons for the States Wall Street Journal, 02-06-10
  • Derailing New York New York Post, 02-10-10
  • Can States Fix Their Pension Problems? The New York Times, 05-20-10
  • Call It Semi Bold New York Post, 05-27-10
  • Cuomo's Nassau Test New York Post, 11-29-10
  • Public vs. Private Retirements New York Post, 12-19-10
  • Right Target, Andrew New York Post, 01-05-11
  • Devil's in the details New York Post, 01-21-11
  • A Cure, or a Bandage? New York Times Room for Debate, 02-07-11
  • Will Cuomo's Fix Go Far Enough? New York Post, 05-18-11
  • Tweaks Won't Reform NY State Pension Crain's New York, 05-29-11
  • Mike's Budget Battle New York Post, 06-17-11
  • Pension Fund Risks In Wild Market Politico, 08-19-11
  • Why the PA Should Sell Off the WTC New York Post, 08-21-11
  • Why Labor Could Afford To Slap The Gov New York Post, 09-28-11
  • The Many Myths Of The Millionaire Tax New York Post, 10-12-11
  • A Tax We Don't Need New York Daily News, 10-18-11
  • Cuomo's Big Stall New York Post, 11-10-11
  • Cuomo's Big Tests National Review Online, 11-10-11
  • Gov Blows Smoke on Tax Hikes New York Post, 12-05-11
  • A Silver Bullet -- Aimed At Jobs Newsday, 01-12-12
  • NY's Still Too Business-Unfriendly Newsday, 02-02-12
  • Down the Road...More Costs For NY Newsday, 04-05-12
  • The Biggest Expenses in Education Newsday, 05-03-12
  • Patients Hurt in Insurance Fight Newsday, 05-10-12
  • Suffolk Needs State Control Law Newsday, 03-08-12
  • Nassau's Wildly Lavish Police Pay Newsday, 02-23-12
  • National Recovery Leaves NY behind Newsday, 02-09-12
  • Tax and Spend Legacy New York Post, 07-28-06
  • Competitive Sourcing Can Save Millions The Post-Standard, 06-21-05
  • Higher Minimum Wage Bad for Jobs Newsday, 06-14-12
  • Union Deal Will Add to Tappan Zee Bridge Cost Newsday, 06-21-12
  • Steve Bellone Should Embrace Transparency Newsday, 09-13-12
  • Empire on the Edge New York Post, 12-03-12
  • The Feds Squeeze NY's Golden Geese New York Post, 01-07-13
  • Gov's Hidden Perils: Dubious Details in New Budget New York Post, 01-28-13
  • A Threat to Pension Solvency Albany Times Union, 01-29-13
  • Koch as Remarkable, If Temporary, New York Savior Bloomberg, 02-01-13
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the New York State Assembly Testimony, March 2011
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committees Testimony, February 2011
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committees Testimony, February 2010
  • High-Stakes Taxing ECNY Special Report, September 2008
  • The Graying of the Empire State ECNY Research Bulletin, August 2012
  • Outward Bound New Yorkers ECNY Research Bulletin, September 2011
  • Empire State's Half-Century Exodus ECNY Research Bulletin, August 2011
  • Empire State Exodus ECNY Research Bulletin, October 2009
  • Revenues Down, Spending Up ECNY Research Bulletin, September 2009
  • Migrating New York Residents Still Heading for the Exits ECNY Research Bulletin, January 2007
  • Government Workers in New York: Empire State's Favored Class? ECNY Research Bulletin, September 2006
  • Overburdened City Journal, Special Issue 2013
  • Balancing Books: Spitzer's Weakness New York Daily News, 07-09-13
  • Albany not helping NYC avoid fate of Detroit AM-NY, 08-13-13
  • Get a Handle on the City's Tax Policies New York Times Room for Debate, 08-12-13
  • Dems Want To Increase New York's Already Heavy Tax Burden New York Post, 09-08-13
  • Overburdened by Taxes The Epoch Times, 09-11-13
  • Soaking The Rich Is A Shaky Strategy Newsday, 02-05-14
  • Trends In Assistance And Dependency: Tracking Programs for New York City's Poor, 1956-2014 Civic Report, May 2014
  • Read The Fine Print Behind The UFT Contract Deal AM-NY, 05-28-14
  • Bill de Blasio Policies Will Cut Number Of Entry Jobs AM-NY, 06-11-14


  • New York State
  • Public vs. Private Retirements New York Post, 12-19-10
  • W.’s Gift to New York City Journal, Spring 2001
  • The "$6 Billion Tax Cut" That Gov. Spitzer Isn't (Quite) Proposing Fiscalwatch Memo, January 8, 2007
  • Spitzer's Big Spending Plan Fiscalwatch Memo, February 2, 2007
  • New Budget Spends at Rockefeller-Era Pace Fiscalwatch Memo, May 16, 2006
  • More STAR in New York's Future? Fiscalwatch Memo, March 23, 2006
  • Gov's Brave Talk New York Post, 11-13-08
  • New York State’s Fiscal Reckoning City Journal, Autumn 2008
  • Big Apple's Bite New York Post, 11-19-07
  • Crunch Time For The TWU New York Post, 11-08-07
  • Pensions & Plunder New York Post, 07-19-07
  • Two Years Later, Much is Undone The Post-Standard, 10-17-06
  • Fiscal Time Bomb The New York Sun, 08-10-06
  • Time To End Misuse of Authorities The Post-Standard, 01-18-05
  • Eroding Liberty New York Post, 11-21-04
  • State Pension System Needs Broad Overhaul Newsday, 01-13-04
  • Mike's Mixed Bag New York Post, 07-23-03
  • The Hidden Tax Increase The New York Sun, 06-11-03
  • Gouging the Metro Area New York Post, 05-16-03
  • Pataki's Smaller Gov't New York Post, 02-05-02
  • Dems have a taxing plan: The millionaire myth will keep N.Y. in the poorhouse New York Daily News, 01-23-09
  • City Power: Don't Gamble on State Budget Fixes Newsday, 11-13-01
  • A Sock In the Face: 'Stimulus' Slaps NY Taxpayers New York Post, 01-27-09
  • A "Ladder" To Sky-High Schools Taxes New York Post, 12-26-00
  • Al's Middle-Class Tax Targets--In The Metro N.Y. Region, Gore's Plan Treats Middle Incomes As 'Rich' New York Post, 10-11-00
  • N.Y.C. Jobs In Jeopardy--If Tax Cuts Are Called Off, Workers Will Pay The Price New York Post, 07-24-00
  • The concept of 'shared sacrifice' eludes local school districts The Journal News, 01-30-09
  • NY Without Wall Street New York Post, 02-11-09
  • "Millionaire Tax" is a Bad Idea The Post-Journal, 02-10-09
  • Spendaholics New York Post, 03-12-09
  • Dave's Layoff Delay New York Post, 03-27-09
  • NY's Pension Peril New York Post, 06-01-09
  • Problems in Yonkers Look Familiar Newsday, 04-26-12
  • Defuse The Pension Bomb New York Post, 07-09-09
  • To Fix Pension Peril New York Post, 07-13-09
  • N.Y. Labor Unions Are Biting The Hand That Fattens Them New York Daily News, 07-23-09
  • California, Here We Come New York Post, 09-28-09
  • Freeze Wages Now New York Post, 11-02-09
  • Empire of Excess City Journal, Winter 2010
  • Mike's Pension Misfire New York Post, 01-22-07
  • Pension Plan Needs Adjusting The Post-Standard, 02-22-05
  • Start the Revolution New York Daily News, 01-09-05
  • Ugly Budget -- But a Pretty Precedent New York Post, 06-30-10
  • The Empire State's Stimulus Addiction Wall Street Journal, 07-02-10
  • NY's War on Golden Geese New York Post, 07-15-10
  • The Man Who Saved New York New York Post, 07-25-10
  • More Stimulus Poison New York Post, 08-06-10
  • The Bucks Stop Here City Journal, Summer 2010
  • Is New York Ungovernable? Certainly Not, and David Paterson Has Helped Show The Way The Post-Standard, 08-29-10
  • The Employer Rush To NY's Exits New York Post, 10-07-10
  • A $205 Billion Bomb New York Post, 10-13-10
  • NY Needs Answers New York Post, 10-18-10
  • Now Comes the Real Fight New York Post, 11-03-10
  • A Bat For The Gov New York Post, 11-15-10
  • This Bomb Just Stopped Ticking New York Post, 12-08-10
  • Limits On Spending and Property Tax Caps Are Critical Albany Times Union, 01-03-11
  • Right Target, Andrew New York Post, 01-05-11
  • Andrew Cuomo Talked Tough, But His Budget Actions Left Something To Be Desired New York Daily News, 01-07-11
  • Cuomo's Tied Down New York Post, 02-26-11
  • A Welcome Change: Cuomo Scores With Budget New York Post, 03-29-11
  • NY's Stealth Tax Hike New York Post, 04-15-11
  • Poison Pills for The Gov's Tax-Cap New York Post, 05-13-11
  • Will Cuomo's Fix Go Far Enough? New York Post, 05-18-11
  • A Poison Pill For The Tax Cap? New York Post, 05-26-11
  • Tweaks Won't Reform NY State Pension Crain's New York, 05-29-11
  • Stabbed in the Back New York Post, 06-25-11
  • NY's Unaffordable Pension System Newsday, 07-28-11
  • Out of the Tunnel? New York Post, 08-16-11
  • Pension Fund Risks In Wild Market Politico, 08-19-11
  • Why the PA Should Sell Off the WTC New York Post, 08-21-11
  • Why Labor Could Afford To Slap The Gov New York Post, 09-28-11
  • A Tax We Don't Need New York Daily News, 10-18-11
  • Cuomo's Big Stall New York Post, 11-10-11
  • Cuomo's Big Tests National Review Online, 11-10-11
  • Gov Blows Smoke on Tax Hikes New York Post, 12-05-11
  • A Silver Bullet -- Aimed At Jobs Newsday, 01-12-12
  • Triborough Blocks Fiscal Sanity Newsday, 01-25-12
  • NY's Still Too Business-Unfriendly Newsday, 02-02-12
  • NY, Seek a Smarter Pension Reform Newsday, 02-15-12
  • Guv Goes Squishy On Pension Reform Newsday, 03-01-12
  • Look Out, NYers, the Taxman Cometh Newsday, 04-12-12
  • Tax Cap Doesn't Always Equal 2% Newsday, 04-19-12
  • The Biggest Expenses in Education Newsday, 05-03-12
  • Patients Hurt in Insurance Fight Newsday, 05-10-12
  • Lessons From a Costly LIRR Tunnel Newsday, 05-24-12
  • Nassau's Wildly Lavish Police Pay Newsday, 02-23-12
  • Early Belt-Tightening Led to Squander Poughkeepsie Journal, 01-02-07
  • Higher Minimum Wage Bad for Jobs Newsday, 06-14-12
  • Here Come New School-Funding Suits Newsday, 06-28-12
  • Cuomo Can Help Save Ailing Local Governments Newsday, 09-10-12
  • Steve Bellone Should Embrace Transparency Newsday, 09-13-12
  • No Cheap or Easy Way To Replace Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Newsday, 09-20-12
  • Tax-Hike Fantasies New York Post, 10-08-12
  • Empire on the Edge New York Post, 12-03-12
  • Transformation, Not New York Post, 12-19-12
  • A Risky Budget Gimmick New York Post, 03-11-13
  • There They Go Again New York Post, 03-18-13
  • Quacks Like A Mess New York Post, 04-01-13
  • Taxpayers Lose Big In Bills Deal Albany Times Union, 04-02-13
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the New York State Assembly Testimony, March 2011
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the New York State Senate Testimony, February 2011
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committees Testimony, February 2011
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committees Testimony, February 2010
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the Senate Committee on Budget and Tax Reform Testimony, November 2011
  • High-Stakes Taxing ECNY Special Report, September 2008
  • The Graying of the Empire State ECNY Research Bulletin, August 2012
  • Empire State's Half-Century Exodus ECNY Research Bulletin, August 2011
  • New York's 21st Century Job Slump ECNY Research Bulletin, September 2010
  • Empire State Exodus ECNY Research Bulletin, October 2009
  • Revenues Down, Spending Up ECNY Research Bulletin, September 2009
  • Migrating New York Residents Still Heading for the Exits ECNY Research Bulletin, January 2007
  • Government Workers in New York: Empire State's Favored Class? ECNY Research Bulletin, September 2006
  • Breaking the Budget in New York State ECNY Policy Briefing, October 2005
  • Escaping ObamaCare: Silver Helps Some New Yorkers New York Post, 06-12-13
  • No, New York Beats California in Sprint to Last Place Bloomberg, 06-11-13
  • Balancing Books: Spitzer's Weakness New York Daily News, 07-09-13
  • Cuomo’s Pivot City Journal, Winter 2012


  • NYC Economy
  • The Return of Dependency? City Journal, Winter 2004
  • City Journal’s Quality-of-Life Index City Journal, Summer 2003
  • One Step Forward, Two Steps Back City Journal, Summer 2004
  • Spitzer's Big Spending Plan Fiscalwatch Memo, February 2, 2007
  • New Budget Spends at Rockefeller-Era Pace Fiscalwatch Memo, May 16, 2006
  • More STAR in New York's Future? Fiscalwatch Memo, March 23, 2006
  • Gov's Brave Talk New York Post, 11-13-08
  • A Just Plain Terrible Tax Proposal New York Post, 12-05-08
  • If You're Voting With Your Pocketbook, Proceed With Caution New York Daily News, 09-16-08
  • Running On Empty New York Post, 09-16-08
  • Teachers Go Nuclear New York Post, 08-15-08
  • It's the Spending New York Post, 07-31-08
  • Cap Those Taxes New York Post, 06-04-08
  • Union Health Ripoff New York Post, 05-12-08
  • Budget Blues New York Post, 04-07-08
  • Welfare Rip-Off New York Post, 03-29-08
  • Paterson's Challenges: Economic Woes New York Post, 03-13-08
  • Rangel's Knifing of New York New York Post, 10-29-07
  • N.Y.'s Falling Incomes New York Post, 09-21-07
  • The Downturn & N.Y. New York Post, 08-17-07
  • NY's Legal Plague New York Post, 07-05-07
  • A Noose for Big Firms The New York Sun, 02-28-07
  • Med Alert for Gov to Rein in Health $$ New York Post, 02-22-07
  • Eliot's Mixed Bag New York Post, 01-04-07
  • Eliot Spitzer, Beware the Budget Process The Post-Standard, 11-14-06
  • Eliot's Tough Talk New York Post, 11-08-06
  • NY Budget Blues New York Post, 11-01-06
  • Fiscal Accountability a Must for Lawmakers Albany Times Union, 10-29-06
  • Public Jobs Remain Plentiful The Post-Standard, 09-05-06
  • Spending Isn't Answer For All Problems The Post-Standard, 05-23-06
  • Lame Duck Quacking: Pataki Turns Out to Still Have Power New York Post, 04-19-06
  • Legislators Should Tell Where Pork Money Goes The Post-Standard, 04-18-06
  • Tax Breaks Won't Aid New York's Economy The Post-Standard, 06-27-06
  • State Policies Driving Up Insurance Cost The Post-Standard, 05-24-05
  • Two Faces of Mike New York Post, 05-06-05
  • Sticker Shock National Review Online, 04-19-05
  • NY's Road to Ruin New York Post, 03-16-05
  • W's NY Centric Tax Cuts New York Post, 08-26-04
  • Albany's "Debt"-End New York Post, 05-19-04
  • Better Late Than Larger New York Post, 03-08-04
  • A City Savings Spree New York Post, 02-16-04
  • Tale of Two Speeches New York Post, 01-09-04
  • Defusing the Pension Bomb New York Post, 12-19-03
  • NY's Woes Remain New York Post, 10-31-03
  • To Keep People In New York City, Cut Costs Gotham Gazette, 09-29-03
  • To Save N.Y.C. New York Post, 09-19-03
  • A Looming Storm New York Post, 07-17-03
  • Like There's No Tomorrow The New York Sun, 03-08-05
  • Bringing Competition to Albany The New York Sun, 12-11-03
  • The Biggest Bonding Boondoggle The New York Sun, 07-28-03
  • With Pals Like These, Who Needs Enemies? Newsday, 05-12-03
  • Taxing the Grandkids New York Post, 05-07-03
  • Taxing 'Til We Drop New York Post, 05-03-03
  • Why “Soaking the Rich” Is Poor Policy Barron's, 05-19-03
  • Erasing Giuliani's Tax Progress The New York Sun, 04-22-03
  • The Return of George I National Review Online, 01-28-03
  • A Win for N.Y. New York Post, 01-13-03
  • Now, The Hard Part New York Post, 11-06-02
  • Pataki's 'Progress' New York Post, 10-08-02
  • Next Year's Tax Hike New York Post, 05-06-02
  • It's Still 'Borrow and Spend' in New York Newsday, 02-28-02
  • Mike's Dangerous Budget Temptation New York Post, 02-11-02
  • City Won't Bleed From Bloomberg's Ax Newsday, 01-04-02
  • It's The Spending New York Post, 01-01-02
  • Wrong Time For A Commuter Tax New York Post, 12-17-01
  • Bush's Tax Cut: The Best Boost For N.Y. New York Post, 11-19-01
  • They Don't Get It New York Post, 10-25-01
  • A Blast To N.Y.'S Budget New York Post, 10-04-01
  • Turning the Page New York Post, 07-09-01
  • Worse City Budget News Ahead New York Post, 05-01-01
  • Rudy's Tax Cuts Don't Go Far Enough New York Post, 04-25-01
  • A Risky Debt "Reform" New York Post, 02-11-01
  • The Blunders of ‘66 New York Post, 01-03-01
  • Taxpayer: Last Again New York Post, 06-28-00
  • Relying on the Rich The New York Sun, 02-11-03
  • Property Tax Rebates: No Lasting Relief in Fiscal Pain Killer Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, 07-22-07
  • NYC's Sea Of Red New York Post, 04-27-04
  • A Killer Of A Living Wage New York Post, 03-20-02
  • Spitzer's Next Challenges: Closing The Spigot New York Post, 12-26-07
  • Start Blazing The New York Sun, 03-18-08
  • Awaiting Spitzer's Budget The New York Sun, 01-29-07
  • Gov. Paterson Turned His Back on Property Tax Cap Newsday, 06-04-09
  • To Fix Pension Peril New York Post, 07-13-09
  • N.Y. Labor Unions Are Biting The Hand That Fattens Them New York Daily News, 07-23-09
  • Sledgehammer Hit To Crumbling Empire State New York Post, 07-16-09
  • The High-Tax Trap New York Post, 08-03-09
  • California, Here We Come New York Post, 09-28-09
  • Fixing What's Broke New York Post, 01-05-10
  • NY Taxes: Headed For a New High New York Post, 02-04-10
  • Pat Moynihan's Tax Lessons for the States Wall Street Journal, 02-06-10
  • Empire of Excess Wall Street Journal, 02-12-10
  • A Ravitch Rescue? New York Post, 03-08-10
  • The Ravitch Plan Won't Save New York Wall Street Journal, 03-13-10
  • N.Y. Public Workers Thrived Amid Misery Democrat and Chronicle, 03-21-10
  • Empire of Excess City Journal, Winter 2010
  • Dave's Last Chance New York Post, 04-28-10
  • Call It Semi Bold New York Post, 05-27-10
  • Freeze Wages Now New York Post, 11-02-09
  • NY's War on Golden Geese New York Post, 07-15-10
  • The Employer Rush To NY's Exits New York Post, 10-07-10
  • Right Target, Andrew New York Post, 01-05-11
  • Gov Comes Down On Taxpayers' Side New York Post, 01-31-11
  • Blame It On The Pols New York Post, 04-11-11
  • Will Cuomo's Fix Go Far Enough? New York Post, 05-18-11
  • A Poison Pill For The Tax Cap? New York Post, 05-26-11
  • Tweaks Won't Reform NY State Pension Crain's New York, 05-29-11
  • Mike's Budget Battle New York Post, 06-17-11
  • Stabbed in the Back New York Post, 06-25-11
  • Why the PA Should Sell Off the WTC New York Post, 08-21-11
  • The Many Myths Of The Millionaire Tax New York Post, 10-12-11
  • A Tax We Don't Need New York Daily News, 10-18-11
  • Cuomo's Big Stall New York Post, 11-10-11
  • Cuomo's Big Tests National Review Online, 11-10-11
  • Cuomo's Big Idea Looks Like 1970s Newsday, 01-05-12
  • A Silver Bullet -- Aimed At Jobs Newsday, 01-12-12
  • NY's Still Too Business-Unfriendly Newsday, 02-02-12
  • Suffolk Needs State Control Law Newsday, 03-08-12
  • National Recovery Leaves NY behind Newsday, 02-09-12
  • Tax and Spend Legacy New York Post, 07-28-06
  • Welfare Reform Requires Adjusting The Post-Standard, 03-15-05
  • Higher Minimum Wage Bad for Jobs Newsday, 06-14-12
  • Union Deal Will Add to Tappan Zee Bridge Cost Newsday, 06-21-12
  • No Cheap or Easy Way To Replace Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Newsday, 09-20-12
  • Tax-Hike Fantasies New York Post, 10-08-12
  • Empire on the Edge New York Post, 12-03-12
  • The Feds Squeeze NY's Golden Geese New York Post, 01-07-13
  • Koch as Remarkable, If Temporary, New York Savior Bloomberg, 02-01-13
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committees Testimony, February 2011
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committees Testimony, February 2010
  • High-Stakes Taxing ECNY Special Report, September 2008
  • Outward Bound New Yorkers ECNY Research Bulletin, September 2011
  • Empire State's Half-Century Exodus ECNY Research Bulletin, August 2011
  • Empire State Exodus ECNY Research Bulletin, October 2009
  • Revenues Down, Spending Up ECNY Research Bulletin, September 2009
  • NYC's High Taxes Should Be A Top Mayoral Issue AM-NY, 06-18-13
  • Balancing Books: Spitzer's Weakness New York Daily News, 07-09-13
  • Overburdened City Journal, Special Issue 2013
  • Bill de Blasio Policies Will Cut Number Of Entry Jobs AM-NY, 06-11-14


  • NYC Politics
  • Spitzer's Big Spending Plan Fiscalwatch Memo, February 2, 2007
  • New Budget Spends at Rockefeller-Era Pace Fiscalwatch Memo, May 16, 2006
  • More STAR in New York's Future? Fiscalwatch Memo, March 23, 2006
  • After the Spitzer Storm Wall Street Journal, 03-15-08
  • Googling NY's Books New York Post, 03-14-07
  • Pigs-in-a-Blanket Veto The New York Times, 04-24-06
  • Measure Isn't the Reform it Poses As The Post-Standard, 11-01-05
  • Voters Have Say on Future Spending The Post-Standard, 10-04-05
  • Bill's Cost Could Be Impossible To Count The Post-Standard, 07-26-05
  • Budget Hoax New York Post, 03-30-05
  • Same Man, Same Problem New York Post, 01-06-05
  • Budget Reform is Budget De-form The Post-Standard, 12-14-04
  • Fiscal Fantasy New York Post, 12-01-04
  • Why the Long Face? The New York Sun, 11-04-04
  • Pataki Power Play | Gov Should Call Lawmakers' Budget Bluff New York Post, 07-31-01
  • Leaving Homeowners In The Lurch New York Post, 05-15-09
  • California, Here We Come New York Post, 09-28-09
  • NY Taxes: Headed For a New High New York Post, 02-04-10
  • The Gov NY Needs New York Post, 03-03-10
  • A Ravitch Rescue? New York Post, 03-08-10
  • N.Y. Public Workers Thrived Amid Misery Democrat and Chronicle, 03-21-10
  • Call It Semi Bold New York Post, 05-27-10
  • Defuse The Pension Bomb New York Post, 07-09-09
  • The Empire State's Stimulus Addiction Wall Street Journal, 07-02-10
  • Right Target, Andrew New York Post, 01-05-11
  • Why the PA Should Sell Off the WTC New York Post, 08-21-11
  • The Many Myths Of The Millionaire Tax New York Post, 10-12-11
  • NY's Still Too Business-Unfriendly Newsday, 02-02-12
  • Wisconsin Vote Empowers Cuomo Newsday, 06-07-12
  • Koch as Remarkable, If Temporary, New York Savior Bloomberg, 02-01-13
  • Government Workers in New York: Empire State's Favored Class? ECNY Research Bulletin, September 2006
  • NYC's High Taxes Should Be A Top Mayoral Issue AM-NY, 06-18-13
  • Balancing Books: Spitzer's Weakness New York Daily News, 07-09-13
  • Albany not helping NYC avoid fate of Detroit AM-NY, 08-13-13
  • Get a Handle on the City's Tax Policies New York Times Room for Debate, 08-12-13
  • Dems Want To Increase New York's Already Heavy Tax Burden New York Post, 09-08-13
  • Bill de Blasio Policies Will Cut Number Of Entry Jobs AM-NY, 06-11-14


  • NYC Schools
  • Rating Mayor Mike City Journal, Summer 2005
  • One Step Forward, Two Steps Back City Journal, Summer 2004
  • The "$6 Billion Tax Cut" That Gov. Spitzer Isn't (Quite) Proposing Fiscalwatch Memo, January 8, 2007
  • Confused Courts New York Post, 03-27-06
  • Saving NY's Schools New York Post, 07-14-04
  • The Price of Better Schools: But Who Pays The Piper? New York Post, 03-30-04
  • School Sanity New York Post, 11-21-06
  • Don't Waste School Aid Crisis Newsday, 01-18-10
  • New York Public School Staffs Grow While Enrollment Drops Journal News, 04-04-10
  • Reading NY's School-Budget Votes New York Post, 05-20-10
  • Eliot's Excellent Idea New York Post, 01-10-08


  • NYPD
  • New York Crime Hits a Tipping Point City Journal, Winter 2005


  • NYS Politics
  • The City's Governor The New York Times, 08-07-05
  • N.Y. Labor Unions Are Biting The Hand That Fattens Them New York Daily News, 07-23-09
  • Defuse The Pension Bomb New York Post, 07-09-09
  • Pensions & Plunder New York Post, 07-19-07
  • The Man Who Saved New York New York Post, 07-25-10
  • The Bucks Stop Here City Journal, Summer 2010
  • Is New York Ungovernable? Certainly Not, and David Paterson Has Helped Show The Way The Post-Standard, 08-29-10
  • A $205 Billion Bomb New York Post, 10-13-10
  • NY Needs Answers New York Post, 10-18-10
  • Now Comes the Real Fight New York Post, 11-03-10
  • A Bat For The Gov New York Post, 11-15-10
  • Limits On Spending and Property Tax Caps Are Critical Albany Times Union, 01-03-11
  • Andrew Cuomo Talked Tough, But His Budget Actions Left Something To Be Desired New York Daily News, 01-07-11
  • Gov Comes Down On Taxpayers' Side New York Post, 01-31-11
  • A Welcome Change: Cuomo Scores With Budget New York Post, 03-29-11
  • Tweaks Won't Reform NY State Pension Crain's New York, 05-29-11
  • Why the PA Should Sell Off the WTC New York Post, 08-21-11
  • Why Labor Could Afford To Slap The Gov New York Post, 09-28-11
  • The Many Myths Of The Millionaire Tax New York Post, 10-12-11
  • Cuomo's Big Stall New York Post, 11-10-11
  • Cuomo's Big Tests National Review Online, 11-10-11
  • More Revenue, More Spending New York Times Room for Debate, 12-09-11
  • Spend, Spend, Spend New York Post, 12-10-11
  • Cuomo's Big Idea Looks Like 1970s Newsday, 01-05-12
  • A Meaningful New Try On Pensions Newsday, 01-19-12
  • Triborough Blocks Fiscal Sanity Newsday, 01-25-12
  • Guv Goes Squishy On Pension Reform Newsday, 03-01-12
  • Early Belt-Tightening Led to Squander Poughkeepsie Journal, 01-02-07
  • Wisconsin Vote Empowers Cuomo Newsday, 06-07-12
  • Cuomo Can Help Save Ailing Local Governments Newsday, 09-10-12
  • Transformation, Not New York Post, 12-19-12
  • A Risky Budget Gimmick New York Post, 03-11-13
  • Quacks Like A Mess New York Post, 04-01-13
  • Taxpayers Lose Big In Bills Deal Albany Times Union, 04-02-13
  • New York's 21st Century Job Slump ECNY Research Bulletin, September 2010
  • Will Cuomo Punt? New York Post, 05-09-13
  • Escaping ObamaCare: Silver Helps Some New Yorkers New York Post, 06-12-13
  • Cuomo’s Pivot City Journal, Winter 2012
  • Overburdened by Taxes The Epoch Times, 09-11-13


  • Other Cities
  • Taxpayers Lose Big In Bills Deal Albany Times Union, 04-02-13


  • Policing
  • New York Crime Hits a Tipping Point City Journal, Winter 2005
  • Why the PA Should Sell Off the WTC New York Post, 08-21-11
  • Nassau's Wildly Lavish Police Pay Newsday, 02-23-12


  • Politics
  • Defuse The Pension Bomb New York Post, 07-09-09
  • Pensions and Retirement Benefits: Defusing the Budgetary Time Bombs CitiesOnAHill.org, 11-30-09
  • Wisconsin Vote Empowers Cuomo Newsday, 06-07-12
  • Steve Bellone Should Embrace Transparency Newsday, 09-13-12
  • No Cheap or Easy Way To Replace Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Newsday, 09-20-12
  • Transformation, Not New York Post, 12-19-12
  • Koch as Remarkable, If Temporary, New York Savior Bloomberg, 02-01-13


  • Poverty
  • Trends In Assistance And Dependency: Tracking Programs for New York City's Poor, 1956-2014 Civic Report, May 2014


  • Prisons
  • New York Crime Hits a Tipping Point City Journal, Winter 2005


  • Privatization/Competitive Contracting/Budgets
  • Competitive Contracting of Bus Services: A Better Deal for Riders and Taxpayers Civic Report, November 2002
  • Private Competition for Public Services: Unfinished Agenda in New York State Civic Report, December 2003


  • Public Pension Funds
  • Defusing the Pension Bomb: How to Curb Public Retirement Costs in New York State Civic Report, November 2003
  • Legislators Still Aim to Sweeten Public Pensions Fiscalwatch Memo, July 14, 2005
  • The Biggest Public Pension Investment Policy Shift You've Probably Never Heard Of Fiscalwatch Memo, June 13, 2005
  • Public vs. Private Retirements New York Post, 12-19-10
  • Defusing New York's Pension Bomb ECNY Special Report, June 2006
  • Gold-Plated Pensions New York Post, 10-08-08
  • Accounting, Texas-Style Wall Street Journal, 05-29-07
  • Public Pension Price Tag Wall Street Journal, 08-21-06
  • Problems in Yonkers Look Familiar Newsday, 04-26-12
  • To Fix Pension Peril New York Post, 07-13-09
  • California, Here We Come New York Post, 09-28-09
  • Pensions and Retirement Benefits: Defusing the Budgetary Time Bombs CitiesOnAHill.org, 11-30-09
  • Can States Fix Their Pension Problems? The New York Times, 05-20-10
  • Freeze Wages Now New York Post, 11-02-09
  • N.Y. Labor Unions Are Biting The Hand That Fattens Them New York Daily News, 07-23-09
  • Defuse The Pension Bomb New York Post, 07-09-09
  • NY's Pension Peril New York Post, 06-01-09
  • Pensions & Plunder New York Post, 07-19-07
  • Mike's Pension Misfire New York Post, 01-22-07
  • Pension Plan Needs Adjusting The Post-Standard, 02-22-05
  • Start the Revolution New York Daily News, 01-09-05
  • San Diego Needs Fundamental Pension Reform The San Diego Union-Tribune, 04-23-04
  • State Pension System Needs Broad Overhaul Newsday, 01-13-04
  • Obama Puts Public Sector Employees Ahead of Private Sector Washington Examiner, 09-14-10
  • This Bomb Just Stopped Ticking New York Post, 12-08-10
  • Cuomo's Tied Down New York Post, 02-26-11
  • A Cure, or a Bandage? New York Times Room for Debate, 02-07-11
  • Blame It On The Pols New York Post, 04-11-11
  • Will Cuomo's Fix Go Far Enough? New York Post, 05-18-11
  • Tweaks Won't Reform NY State Pension Crain's New York, 05-29-11
  • NY's Unaffordable Pension System Newsday, 07-28-11
  • Out of the Tunnel? New York Post, 08-16-11
  • Pension Fund Risks In Wild Market Politico, 08-19-11
  • Why Labor Could Afford To Slap The Gov New York Post, 09-28-11
  • A Meaningful New Try On Pensions Newsday, 01-19-12
  • NY, Seek a Smarter Pension Reform Newsday, 02-15-12
  • Optimal Option: SUNY's Personal Retirement Plan As a Model for Pension Reform ECNY Special Report, February 2012
  • Guv Goes Squishy On Pension Reform Newsday, 03-01-12
  • New York Has a Public Pension Crisis Fix Washington Examiner, 02-22-12
  • Defined-Contribution Plans Have Some Advantages The Post-Standard, 02-26-12
  • Taxpayers Lose in Pension Gamble Newsday, 05-31-12
  • Don't Believe Cuomo's Pension Hype Newsday, 03-18-12
  • Albany's Got To Grow the Economy Newsday, 03-15-12
  • Suffolk Cop Deal is No Big Win for Taxpayers Newsday, 08-05-12
  • Steve Bellone Should Embrace Transparency Newsday, 09-13-12
  • Iceberg Ahead ECNY Special Report, September 2012
  • A Threat to Pension Solvency Albany Times Union, 01-29-13
  • A Risky Budget Gimmick New York Post, 03-11-13
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee Testimony, January 2012
  • New York's Exploding Pension Costs ECNY Special Report, December 2010
  • Measuring Average Public Pensions ECNY Research Bulletin, March 2012
  • Albany not helping NYC avoid fate of Detroit AM-NY, 08-13-13


  • Public Sector Unions
  • Freeze Wages Now New York Post, 11-02-09
  • N.Y. Labor Unions Are Biting The Hand That Fattens Them New York Daily News, 07-23-09
  • Defuse The Pension Bomb New York Post, 07-09-09
  • Gold-Plated Pensions New York Post, 10-08-08
  • Pensions & Plunder New York Post, 07-19-07
  • Accounting, Texas-Style Wall Street Journal, 05-29-07
  • Mike's Pension Misfire New York Post, 01-22-07
  • Public Pension Price Tag Wall Street Journal, 08-21-06
  • Obama and America's Public Sector Plague Book, September 2010


  • Quality of Life
  • City Journal’s Quality-of-Life Index City Journal, Summer 2002
  • Rating Mayor Mike City Journal, Summer 2005
  • New York Crime Hits a Tipping Point City Journal, Winter 2005
  • One Step Forward, Two Steps Back City Journal, Summer 2004
  • Defusing New York's Pension Bomb ECNY Special Report, June 2006


  • Reform Proposals
  • A Half-Baked Effort at Budget Reform Albany Times Union, 04-02-04
  • Question Authorities New York Post, 02-26-04


  • School Curriculum and Programs
  • School Staffs Grew in New York ECNY Research Bulletin, March 2010


  • School Finance and Management
  • The concept of 'shared sacrifice' eludes local school districts The Journal News, 01-30-09
  • Gov. Paterson Turned His Back on Property Tax Cap Newsday, 06-04-09
  • Reading NY's School-Budget Votes New York Post, 05-20-10
  • Grading the Gov's Budget New York Post, 01-23-10
  • Freeze Pay For Teachers To Save Jobs, Programs Buffalo News, 03-23-10
  • Here Come New School-Funding Suits Newsday, 06-28-12
  • School Staffs Grew in New York ECNY Research Bulletin, March 2010


  • Taxes and Budget
  • NY State Government: Growing Beyond Its Means Fiscalwatch Memo, March 22, 2004
  • Campaign 2000 Tax Proposals: What They Mean for New Yorkers Civic Report, October 2000
  • New York's Savings from the New Tax Law: A Good Start, But Loose Ends Remain Civic Report, July 2001
  • W.’s Gift to New York City Journal, Spring 2001
  • What New York Has Gained From Tax Cuts Civic Report, September 2001
  • The Cost of Their Intentions: An Analysis of the Mayoral Candidates' Spending Proposals Civic Report, October 2001
  • Tax-and-Spend, Boom-and-Bust: Lessons for Mayor Bloomberg Civic Report, December 2001
  • Deja Vu All Over Again: The Right Way to Cure New York's Looming Budget Gap Civic Report, October 2002
  • Competitive Contracting of Bus Services: A Better Deal for Riders and Taxpayers Civic Report, November 2002
  • Bigger Gap, Smaller Cuts? Fiscalwatch Memo, January 29, 2003
  • Bush Plan Would Boost NY Fiscalwatch Memo, January 2003
  • What's The Real Financial State of the Transit Authority? Fiscalwatch Memo, December 30, 2002
  • Transit Pact Has Big-Buck Implications for State and City Fiscalwatch Memo, December 17, 2002
  • Property Tax Hike Will Cost 62,000 Jobs Fiscalwatch Memo, November 25, 2002
  • Crisis—What Crisis? Spending Up $800 Million in New Fiscal Year Fiscalwatch Memo, July 10, 2002
  • Doing More With Less: Money-Saving Priorities For City Contract Talks Fiscalwatch Memo, April 22, 2002
  • Union Contract Talks Are Key To City’s Fiscal Future Fiscalwatch Memo, April 22, 2002
  • Proposed Tax Hike Would Destroy Jobs Fiscalwatch Memo, April 4, 2002
  • NYC Cigarette Tax Hike Endangers Pataki Health Funding Fiscalwatch Memo, May 17, 2002
  • Bloomberg Budget Goes Easy on Headcount Fiscalwatch Memo, February 20, 2002
  • Sizing up the State Payroll Fiscalwatch Memo, January 30, 2002
  • Ever Upwards: Real Spending Growth Under Pataki and Cuomo Fiscalwatch Memo, January 22, 2002
  • The Tax Whose Time Has Gone Fiscalwatch Memo, January 19, 2002
  • Threatened Tax Surcharge Hike Would Cost City 10,700 Jobs Fiscalwatch Memo, January 17, 2002
  • Will More Ever Be Enough? New York City's Skyrocketing School Spending Fiscalwatch Memo, August 2, 2002
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the New York City Council Subcommittee on Forecasting and Revenue Testimony, April 2002
  • How To Save Another $1 Billion Fiscalwatch Memo, March 26, 2003
  • Proposed Tax Hikes in Historical Perspective Fiscalwatch Memo, May 6, 2003
  • Tax Hike Gouges NYC Metro Region Fiscalwatch Memo, May 13, 2003
  • New City Tax Hikes Raise Likely Job Loss Toll Fiscalwatch Memo, May 27, 2003
  • New York's Ugly Stealth Tax Hikes Fiscalwatch Memo, June 9, 2003
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the Senate Democratic Task Force on legislative and Budgetary Reform Testimony, June 9, 2003
  • City Budget Rises Another $1.4 Billion Fiscalwatch Memo, June 16, 2003
  • Proposed Spending Hike One Of Pataki’s Biggest Fiscalwatch Memo, January 22, 2004
  • CSEA Contract Will Cost Taxpayers Plenty Fiscalwatch Memo, March 10, 2004
  • The High Cost of Educational "Adequacy" Fiscalwatch Memo, February 18, 2004
  • The Cloud Behind the Silver Lining Fiscalwatch Memo, May 5, 2004
  • One Step Forward, Two Steps Back City Journal, Summer 2004
  • The Legislature's Spurious Budget Reform Fiscalwatch Memo, June 2, 2004
  • City Spending Accelerates Fiscalwatch Memo, July 20, 2004
  • The $36 Billion Bonus: New York's Gains from Federal Tax Cuts Civic Report, August 2004
  • Testimony of E.J. McMahon before the Joint Fiscal Committees of the New York State Legislature Testimony, February 16, 2005
  • Rating Mayor Mike City Journal, Summer 2005
  • Legislators Still Aim to Sweeten Public Pensions Fiscalwatch Memo, July 14, 2005
  • The Biggest Public Pension Investment Policy Shift You've Probably Never Heard Of Fiscalwatch Memo, June 13, 2005
  • "Excelsior" or Bust? Fiscalwatch Memo, March 7, 2005
  • Spending Still Rising In State Budget Fiscalwatch Memo, January 18, 2005
  • More STAR in New York's Future? Fiscalwatch Memo, March 23, 2006
  • New Budget Spends at Rockefeller-Era Pace Fiscalwatch Memo, May 16, 2006
  • The "$6 Billion Tax Cut" That Gov. Spitzer Isn't (Quite) Proposing Fiscalwatch Memo, January 8, 2007
  • Spitzer's Big Spending Plan Fiscalwatch Memo, February 2, 2007
  • Another Middle-Class Tax? How the Federal AMT Hits New Yorkers ECNY Special Report, April 2005
  • Taxes and Consequences: The Gotham STAMP 2006 Computable General Equilibrium Model ECNY Special Report, December 2005
  • Taxing and Spending in the Empire State: Overview of the 2006-07 Executive Budget ECNY Special Report, February 2006
  • Defusing New York's Pension Bomb ECNY Special Report, June 2006
  • Gold-Plated Pensions New York Post, 10-08-08
  • New York State’s Fiscal Reckoning City Journal, Autumn 2008
  • Income-Tax Idiocy New York Post, 10-20-08
  • Eliot's Excellent Idea New York Post, 01-10-08
  • Rudy's Real Tax Record New York Daily News, 08-06-07
  • Accounting, Texas-Style Wall Street Journal, 05-29-07
  • Tax-Code Chaos New York Post, 04-16-07
  • What the Gov Got New York Post, 04-02-07
  • Keep Capital in New York The New York Sun, 04-16-08
  • Eliot's Spending Surge New York Post, 02-01-07
  • Mike's Pension Misfire New York Post, 01-22-07
  • Public Pension Price Tag Wall Street Journal, 08-21-06
  • Drunken Sailors New York Post, 07-05-06
  • The Star Delusion New York Post, 06-13-06
  • New Yorkers Skedaddle As Tax Climate Worsens Wall Street Journal, 03-15-06
  • Proposed Cigarette Tax Benefits Butt-Leggers The Post-Standard, 02-07-06
  • Reforming The 'Budget Reform' Proposition The Post-Standard, 12-19-05
  • All Taxes Great and Small The New York Sun, 12-07-05
  • Tax-and-Spend Legacy New York Post, 07-28-05
  • Albany Has Plenty Left To Repair The Post-Standard, 04-19-05
  • Tax Cit Requires New Laws The Post-Standard, 03-22-05
  • Start the Revolution New York Daily News, 01-09-05
  • N.Y. Tax Follies New York Post, 06-24-04
  • Miller, Not Mike, Is Voice Of Sanity New York Daily News, 05-13-04
  • San Diego Needs Fundamental Pension Reform The San Diego Union-Tribune, 04-23-04
  • State Pension System Needs Broad Overhaul Newsday, 01-13-04
  • Doomsday for Real New York Post, 04-16-03
  • Silver's Risky Budget Game New York Post, 03-19-03
  • Tale of Two Budgets New York Post, 02-03-03
  • Rotten 'Reform' New York Post, 11-14-02
  • The Rift on City Taxes Is a Split With Suburbs’ Newsday, 10-31-02
  • Small Change New York Post, 04-19-02
  • Dems have a taxing plan: The millionaire myth will keep N.Y. in the poorhouse New York Daily News, 01-23-09
  • Mike Must Bite Bullet On Income Tax Hike New York Daily News, 11-29-01
  • A Sock In the Face: 'Stimulus' Slaps NY Taxpayers New York Post, 01-27-09
  • What Bush Should Have Said About Tax Cuts Wall Street Journal, 10-19-00
  • Rick, Hill & Tax Cuts For N.Y. New York Post, 10-18-00
  • Bizarre Tax-Cut Presentations Don't Add Up New York Post, 09-05-00
  • Soaking rich would hurt NY Albany Times Union, 02-09-09
  • NY Without Wall Street New York Post, 02-11-09
  • "Millionaire Tax" is a Bad Idea The Post-Journal, 02-10-09
  • Spendaholics New York Post, 03-12-09
  • Dave's Layoff Delay New York Post, 03-27-09
  • New York's Budget Targets the Golden Eggs Wall Street Journal, 04-03-09
  • NY's Pension Peril New York Post, 06-01-09
  • Gov. Paterson Turned His Back on Property Tax Cap Newsday, 06-04-09
  • Defuse The Pension Bomb New York Post, 07-09-09
  • To Fix Pension Peril New York Post, 07-13-09
  • N.Y. Labor Unions Are Biting The Hand That Fattens Them New York Daily News, 07-23-09
  • The High-Tax Trap New York Post, 08-03-09
  • California, Here We Come New York Post, 09-28-09
  • Freeze Wages Now New York Post, 11-02-09
  • Pensions and Retirement Benefits: Defusing the Budgetary Time Bombs CitiesOnAHill.org, 11-30-09
  • Fixing What's Broke New York Post, 01-05-10
  • Empire of Excess City Journal, Winter 2010
  • Don't Waste School Aid Crisis Newsday, 01-18-10
  • NY Taxes: Headed For a New High New York Post, 02-04-10
  • Pat Moynihan's Tax Lessons for the States Wall Street Journal, 02-06-10
  • Derailing New York New York Post, 02-10-10
  • Empire of Excess Wall Street Journal, 02-12-10
  • Blueprint for a Better Budget ECNY Special Report, January 2010
  • A Ravitch Rescue? New York Post, 03-08-10
  • Dave's Last Chance New York Post, 04-28-10
  • Grading the Gov's Budget New York Post, 01-23-10
  • Ugly Budget -- But a Pretty Precedent New York Post, 06-30-10
  • The Bucks Stop Here City Journal, Summer 2010
  • The Empire State's Stimulus Addiction Wall Street Journal, 07-02-10
  • NY's War on Golden Geese New York Post, 07-15-10
  • The Man Who Saved New York New York Post, 07-25-10
  • More Stimulus Poison New York Post, 08-06-10
  • Is New York Ungovernable? Certainly Not, and David Paterson Has Helped Show The Way The Post-Standard, 08-29-10
  • State Budget Built On Shaky Foundation The Post-Star, 10-05-10
  • Cuomo's Nassau Test New York Post, 11-29-10
  • Public vs. Private Retirements New York Post, 12-19-10
  • Limits On Spending and Property Tax Caps Are Critical Albany Times Union, 01-03-11
  • State Bankruptcy Is a Bad Idea Wall Street Journal, 01-24-11
  • Gov Comes Down On Taxpayers' Side New York Post, 01-31-11
  • Court In The Middle New York Post, 02-04-11
  • A Welcome Change: Cuomo Scores With Budget New York Post, 03-29-11
  • NY's Stealth Tax Hike New York Post, 04-15-11
  • Poison Pills for The Gov's Tax-Cap New York Post, 05-13-11
  • Will Cuomo's Fix Go Far Enough? New York Post, 05-18-11
  • A Poison Pill For The Tax Cap? New York Post, 05-26-11
  • Mike's Budget Battle New York Post, 06-17-11
  • Stabbed in the Back New York Post, 06-25-11
  • Why the PA Should Sell Off the WTC New York Post, 08-21-11
  • Why Labor Could Afford To Slap The Gov New York Post, 09-28-11
  • The Many Myths Of The Millionaire Tax New York Post, 10-12-11
  • Gov Blows Smoke on Tax Hikes New York Post, 12-05-11
  • More Revenue, More Spending New York Times Room for Debate, 12-09-11
  • Spend, Spend, Spend New York Post, 12-10-11
  • Cuomo’s Pivot City Journal, Winter 2012
  • Cuomo's Big Idea Looks Like 1970s Newsday, 01-05-12
  • A Meaningful New Try On Pensions Newsday, 01-19-12
  • NY's Still Too Business-Unfriendly Newsday, 02-02-12
  • NY, Seek a Smarter Pension Reform Newsday, 02-15-12
  • Down the Road...More Costs For NY Newsday, 04-05-12
  • Look Out, NYers, the Taxman Cometh Newsday, 04-12-12
  • Tax Cap Doesn't Always Equal 2% Newsday, 04-19-12
  • The Biggest Expenses in Education Newsday, 05-03-12
  • Patients Hurt in Insurance Fight Newsday, 05-10-12
  • School Tax Power Shifts To Voters Newsday, 05-17-12
  • Taxpayers Lose in Pension Gamble Newsday, 05-31-12
  • Cuomo Curbs Spending -- For Now Newsday, 03-29-12
  • Medicaid AWOL From Budget Debate Newsday, 03-22-12
  • Albany's Got To Grow the Economy Newsday, 03-15-12
  • Suffolk Needs State Control Law Newsday, 03-08-12
  • National Recovery Leaves NY behind Newsday, 02-09-12
  • Early Belt-Tightening Led to Squander Poughkeepsie Journal, 01-02-07
  • Tax and Spend Legacy New York Post, 07-28-06
  • Higher Minimum Wage Bad for Jobs Newsday, 06-14-12
  • Union Deal Will Add to Tappan Zee Bridge Cost Newsday, 06-21-12
  • Here Come New School-Funding Suits Newsday, 06-28-12
  • Suffolk Cop Deal is No Big Win for Taxpayers Newsday, 08-05-12
  • Cuomo Can Help Save Ailing Local Governments Newsday, 09-10-12
  • Tax-Hike Fantasies New York Post, 10-08-12
  • Iceberg Ahead ECNY Special Report, September 2012
  • Empire on the Edge New York Post, 12-03-12
  • The Feds Squeeze NY's Golden Geese New York Post, 01-07-13
  • Gov's Hidden Perils: Dubious Details in New Budget New York Post, 01-28-13
  • There They Go Again New York Post, 03-18-13
  • Quacks Like A Mess New York Post, 04-01-13
  • Taxpayers Lose Big In Bills Deal Albany Times Union, 04-02-13
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the New York State Assembly Testimony, March 2011
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the New York State Senate Testimony, February 2011
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committees Testimony, February 2011
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committees Testimony, February 2010
  • Testimony of Edmund J. McMahon before the Senate Committee on Budget and Tax Reform Testimony, November 2011
  • High-Stakes Taxing ECNY Special Report, September 2008
  • Outward Bound New Yorkers ECNY Research Bulletin, September 2011
  • Revenues Down, Spending Up ECNY Research Bulletin, September 2009
  • Will Cuomo Punt? New York Post, 05-09-13
  • Overburdened City Journal, Special Issue 2013
  • No, New York Beats California in Sprint to Last Place Bloomberg, 06-11-13
  • NYC's High Taxes Should Be A Top Mayoral Issue AM-NY, 06-18-13
  • Balancing Books: Spitzer's Weakness New York Daily News, 07-09-13
  • Albany not helping NYC avoid fate of Detroit AM-NY, 08-13-13
  • Get a Handle on the City's Tax Policies New York Times Room for Debate, 08-12-13
  • Dems Want To Increase New York's Already Heavy Tax Burden New York Post, 09-08-13
  • Overburdened by Taxes The Epoch Times, 09-11-13


  • Teachers Unions
  • Gold-Plated Pensions New York Post, 10-08-08
  • Eliot's Excellent Idea New York Post, 01-10-08
  • Pre-Retroactive Pay Raises Issue Brief, January 2014
  • Read The Fine Print Behind The UFT Contract Deal AM-NY, 05-28-14


  • Transportation
  • Competitive Contracting of Bus Services: A Better Deal for Riders and Taxpayers Civic Report, November 2002
  • MTA's Fatal Dodge New York Post, 01-11-09
  • E.J. McMahon, director of the Manhattan Institute's Empire Center discusses MTA salaries with Nicole Gelinas, a contributing editor of City Journal Podcast: Interview, June 11, 2010
  • Down the Road...More Costs For NY Newsday, 04-05-12
  • Lessons From a Costly LIRR Tunnel Newsday, 05-24-12


  • Unions
  • Taylor Made: The Cost and Consequences of New York's Public-Sector Labor Laws ECNY Special Report, October 2007
  • Eliot's Big Test New York Post, 06-25-07
  • Babying Unions New York Post, 05-15-07
  • New York's Pension Peril New York Post, 06-08-06
  • NYC Strike Will Affect Taxpayers in Upstate The Post-Standard, 12-27-05
  • Lessons of the Strike: Pension Pickle New York Post, 12-23-05
  • Blame Albany New York Post, 12-22-05
  • Pension Madness New York Post, 12-19-05
  • MTA's Fatal Dodge New York Post, 01-11-09
  • A Risky Precedent New York Post, 04-13-01
  • Soaking rich would hurt NY Albany Times Union, 02-09-09
  • Dave's Layoff Delay New York Post, 03-27-09
  • Problems in Yonkers Look Familiar Newsday, 04-26-12
  • Freeze Wages Now New York Post, 11-02-09
  • N.Y. Labor Unions Are Biting The Hand That Fattens Them New York Daily News, 07-23-09
  • Defuse The Pension Bomb New York Post, 07-09-09
  • Gold-Plated Pensions New York Post, 10-08-08
  • Mike's Pension Misfire New York Post, 01-22-07
  • Public Pension Price Tag Wall Street Journal, 08-21-06
  • Start the Revolution New York Daily News, 01-09-05
  • Obama Puts Public Sector Employees Ahead of Private Sector Washington Examiner, 09-14-10
  • A $205 Billion Bomb New York Post, 10-13-10
  • Now Comes the Real Fight New York Post, 11-03-10
  • Cuomo's Tied Down New York Post, 02-26-11
  • A Cure, or a Bandage? New York Times Room for Debate, 02-07-11
  • A Welcome Change: Cuomo Scores With Budget New York Post, 03-29-11
  • NY's Unaffordable Pension System Newsday, 07-28-11
  • Out of the Tunnel? New York Post, 08-16-11
  • Pension Fund Risks In Wild Market Politico, 08-19-11
  • Triborough Blocks Fiscal Sanity Newsday, 01-25-12
  • NY, Seek a Smarter Pension Reform Newsday, 02-15-12
  • Don't Believe Cuomo's Pension Hype Newsday, 03-18-12
  • Nassau's Wildly Lavish Police Pay Newsday, 02-23-12
  • Union Deal Will Add to Tappan Zee Bridge Cost Newsday, 06-21-12
  • Suffolk Cop Deal is No Big Win for Taxpayers Newsday, 08-05-12
  • Steve Bellone Should Embrace Transparency Newsday, 09-13-12
  • A Threat to Pension Solvency Albany Times Union, 01-29-13
  • A Risky Budget Gimmick New York Post, 03-11-13
  • Will Cuomo Punt? New York Post, 05-09-13
  • Albany not helping NYC avoid fate of Detroit AM-NY, 08-13-13
  • Read The Fine Print Behind The UFT Contract Deal AM-NY, 05-28-14
  • A Huge Loss For Greedy Tristate Unions New York Post, 07-01-14


  • Urban Issues
  • E.J. McMahon, director of the Manhattan Institute's Empire Center discusses MTA salaries with Nicole Gelinas, a contributing editor of City Journal Podcast: Interview, June 11, 2010
  • Lessons From a Costly LIRR Tunnel Newsday, 05-24-12
  • Koch as Remarkable, If Temporary, New York Savior Bloomberg, 02-01-13


  • Welfare
  • The Return of Dependency? City Journal, Winter 2004
  • One Step Forward, Two Steps Back City Journal, Summer 2004
  • Rating Mayor Mike City Journal, Summer 2005
  • Welfare Wonder New York Post, 12-10-06
  • Welfare Reform Requires Adjusting The Post-Standard, 03-14-06
  • Return To Dependency? New York Post, 01-27-04
  • Welfare Reform Requires Adjusting The Post-Standard, 03-15-05
  • Trends In Assistance And Dependency: Tracking Programs for New York City's Poor, 1956-2014 Civic Report, May 2014


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