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Blueprint for a Better Budget A Plan of Action for New York State E.J. McMahon and Josh Barro
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Blueprint for a Better Budget A Plan of Action for New York State E.J. McMahon and Josh Barro P.O. Box 7113 Albany, NY 12224 (518) 434-3100 info@empirecenter.org www.empirecenter.org Special Report SR1-10 January 2010 Revised
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About the authors E.J. McMAHON is director of the Empire Center for New York State Policy, a project of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. He also is the Manhattan Institute’s senior fellow for tax and budgetary studies. His recent work for the In- stitute and its Empire Center has focused on state government reform, tax policy, public pension reform, competitive contracting of public services and the fiscal record of the Pataki administration. McMahon’s professional background includes more than 25 years as a senior policy maker and analyst of New York govern- ment. He has 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 Di- rector of Research for The Business Council’s research arm, the Public Policy Institute. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, the Pub- lic Interest, The New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, Newsday and the New York Sun, among other publications. JOSH BARRO is the Walter B. Wriston Fellow at the Manhattan Institute focus- ing on state and local fiscal policy. Prior to joining the Manhattan Institute, he served as a Staff Economist at the Tax Foundation, where he authored the 2009 State Business Tax Climate Index and the 2009 "Tax Freedom Day" report. At the Tax Foundation, he wrote several critical analyses of state tax and budget proposals and gave testimony on tax reform before officials in Arkansas, Louisi- ana, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. Barro holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College. Blueprint Project Senior Research Analyst: PETER DRAO Blueprint Project Research Analyst: KEVIN BRONNER Jr.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Overview 1 I. The Collapse and Its Cause 2 Figure 1: State Spending in New York, SFYs 1999-2000 to 2009-10 2 Figure 2: New York State’s Budget Gaps 3 Table 1: General Fund Actual and Projected Baseline Spending 4 II. Rightsizing State Government 5 BENCHMARK: State Spending Per Capita, 2008 5 “Priorities of Government”: A Performance-Based Approach 6 Table 2: Budget Actions and Savings from Projected General Fund Baseline 7 BENCHMARK: Medicaid Payments Per Enrollee, 2006 8 Table 3: Summary of Medicaid Reforms and Savings 11 BENCHMARK: K-12 Education Spending Per Pupil, 2006-07 13 BENCHMARK: Average In-State Tuition and Fees, 4-Year Public Colleges and Universities, 2009-10 15 Table 4: Tuition and Fees at Flagship Public Institutions, Mid-Atlantic and New England, 2009-10 16 BENCHMARK: State Mental Health Agency Spending Per Capita, 2006 17
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