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Citizens Budget Commission

Port Authority's Brooklyn Port Facilities Should Be Reimagined

Carol Kellermann | Posted 04.05.2015 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Why not imagine how this property could better enhance the community? What's the harm in thinking about ways to do that? Why continue to lose money at these two facilities when those losses are not necessary?

Why Is Mayor de Blasio Breaking 4 Promises Within 400 Yards of His Own Home -- Part Two

Matthew Chapman | Posted 12.02.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

When someone's son or daughter is killed in Yorkville by a garbage truck, it will indeed not be an accident. It will be a predicted and preventable death.

Reduce New York City's High Cost of Garbage Collection

Carol Kellermann | Posted 11.29.2014 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Municipal garbage collection in New York City is exceptionally expensive -- the public-sector cost is more than double private-sector charges and much higher than collection costs in other cities. This fall provides a great opportunity to address the problem.

Managing New York City Garbage Is Exceptionally Expensive

Carol Kellermann | Posted 07.28.2014 | New York
Carol Kellermann

The expired labor contract with sanitation workers presents an opportunity to address some of the major factors driving the exceptionally high costs of New York City's trash system.

PATH Should Be Run By New Jersey Transit

Carol Kellermann | Posted 07.05.2014 | New York
Carol Kellermann

While PATH was never expected to be self-sufficient, its operating deficits have grown and are now a far greater burden on Port Authority finances than was anticipated when the Authority acquired PATH as part of a bi-state deal in 1961.

New York State's Leadership in Providing Health Insurance

Carol Kellermann | Posted 06.17.2014 | New York
Carol Kellermann

New York has distinguished itself through the creation of NY State of Health. The marketplace has excelled, despite a very tight timeframe, while other state marketplaces and the federally facilitated one faltered.

How to Make N.Y.C. Economic Development More Effective

Carol Kellermann | Posted 03.29.2014 | New York
Carol Kellermann

The beneficiaries of city capital dollars should be neighborhoods, not individual firms.

What It Would Take To Achieve Universal Pre-K In New York

Carol Kellermann | Posted 12.25.2013 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Proposals to expand preschool opportunities in New York have been prominently in the news. They deserve careful consideration because, if properly designed and targeted, prekindergarten programs can have significant long-term benefits.

Remaining The World's Most Competitive City

Carol Kellermann | Posted 08.19.2013 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Highly educated talent is mobile and New York City, the center of the metro area, needs to advance policies that attract, retain and cultivate that talent.

The Next Mayor's Biggest Challenge

Carol Kellermann | Posted 07.20.2013 | New York
Carol Kellermann

There would be no way to pay these large sums without sharp tax increases and significant spending cuts. While collective bargaining should not be conducted in public, with the stakes this high, taxpayers should pay attention to how candidates handle their courtship of union members' votes.

Reining in New York City's Skyrocketing Health Insurance Costs

Carol Kellermann | Posted 06.17.2013 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not say it directly, but his preliminary budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1, makes clear that the growing cost of health insurance for city employees and retirees has to be brought under control.

City Environmental Initiatives Win Innovations Prize

Carol Kellermann | Posted 09.30.2013 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Too often, government is satisfied with regulation and enforcement. Yet in New York, the Mayor's Office has created effective collaborative mechanisms to go further, and Mayor Bloomberg and the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability deserve enormous praise.

A Better Way to Pay for the MTA

Carol Kellermann | Posted 12.17.2012 | New York
Carol Kellermann

With the Metropolitan Transportation Authority considering four different fare-increase proposals for subways and buses, now is the time to consider whether there is a better way to pay for the MTA.

Stretching New York's Public Education Dollar

Carol Kellermann | Posted 12.12.2012 | New York
Carol Kellermann

As pressure mounts to increase school aid in the next state budget, state leaders should focus less on increasing spending and more on redirecting existing funds to better meet student needs.

A Silver Lining in New York's Tax Hike

Carol Kellermann | Posted 02.07.2012 | New York
Carol Kellermann

If a temporary personal income tax hike is the price we pay for long-term reforms that enhance infrastructure, encourage job growth, and make the tax system more equitable, then it is a price worth paying.

Improving New York's Fiscal Report Card Further

Carol Kellermann | Posted 08.27.2011 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Congratulations to Governor Andrew Cuomo and his legislative colleagues for completing a session marked by significant fiscal accomplishments. But more hard work lies ahead.

Rent Regulation Is Not Affordable Housing

Carol Kellermann | Posted 07.23.2011 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Advocates for extending rent regulation claim that the laws provide "affordable housing." But the rent regulation system provides inadequate relief to the neediest renters within the system.

New York's Long-Term Health Care Challenge

Kimberly Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Kimberly Williams

To reduce institutionalization and costs of care, we must address the mental health needs of people at risk of placement in institutions.

Reform New York City Municipal Union Welfare Funds

Carol Kellermann | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Carol Kellermann

There's a win-win opportunity for taxpayers and union members in reforming New York City's taxpayer-supported municipal union welfare funds. These little-known funds receive $1 billion in taxpayer contributions annually.

Rent Control Preserves Affordabilty

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

When Governor Paterson proposed changes to the city's rent regulation laws, criticism poured in from both tenants' groups and landlords.

Give SUNY And CUNY Control Over Their Own Tuition

Carol Kellermann | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Linking tuition policy with the state budget process means that some students finish their degrees without experiencing any change in tuition, while others face double-digit increases.

MTA At Fault For Construction Delays: Citizen's Report | Michael M. Grynbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Construction is a constant in New York City's sprawling public transportation system, but riders often have little sense of what's being done, or when...