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Behind the jobs number

Voters want leaner, more efficient government. But a lost job is just that, and there's no point in pretending public-sector downsizing is not a drag on the economy.

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The wages of caution

Without willingness to invest, add staff and boost wages, momentum for this recovery will be hard to achieve.

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Cheers for Cuomo

If he ever slows down, Gov. Andrew Cuomo might take a few moments to savor these days.

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Debt by choice

The flood of red ink did not happen overnight, so stemming the tide will take time.

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The patience factor

When it comes to economic recovery, it's not possible to mandate or legislate patience. But it might be just what's needed.

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Dealing for ethics reform

 Passage of the ethics reform bill would help restore public trust in state government. Fixing some of its flaws in the near future would do even more good.

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The education engine

New York clearly would be in much worse shape economically without its colleges and universities.

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Mess of mandates

The mess of mandates that burden localities has piled up over many years and is fraught with complexity; no easy remedy exists.

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A booming business

New Yorkers' trust in government has been eroded in recent years. Elected officials should take strong steps to rebuild it.

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Another chance

On May 17, most New Yorkers will get their annual chance to send a signal about school taxes and spending.

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Pumped up

By many yardsticks, U.S. motorists have enjoyed bargain prices at the pump—and still do.

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A matter of choices

Those with a stake in the city need to have a calm, deliberate discussion of what needs and values should shape the hard task of balancing the budget.

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If Mr. Brizard goes

If Rochester loses Jean-Claude Brizard as superintendent of schools, it will be a severe blow—one likely to imperil the change so desperately needed.

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The 1099 solution

Did the 1099 requirement deserve to go? Absolutely. Did Congress choose the best alternative? It's much harder to be certain about that.

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