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The performance gap

Our public schools can—and must—do a better job of preparing students for college and a productive life outside the classroom.
 

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N.Y.’s harsh reality

The remedy Cuomo has proposed will be painful. But that's what comes of postponing the day of reckoning over and over again.

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The big disconnect

A new Quinnipiac University poll confirms for the umpteenth time what everyone knows: New Yorkers think the state’s fiscal affairs are a mess and the taxes they pay are too high. The poll also documents a fact that most state ...

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Set the date

Holding a special election is not undemocratic; it is one of two options in the city charter, the other being a general election in the fall.
 

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Put cash to work

With the economy poised for stronger growth, a bit of optimism could really pay off.
 

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Reinventing New York

No one can accuse the new governor of being insufficiently ambitious in his goals.

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A deal is struck

Tough, good-faith negotiating on both sides has brought the Paetec headquarters project a big step closer to completion.

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N.Y.’s balancing act

A property tax cap alone—or even a cap with mandate reform—will not solve New York's fiscal mess.

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Replacing the mayor

 A special election does not deny city residents the right to vote, it simply shortens the time frame.
 

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Pension plight

Without prompt action to rein in public pension liabilities, taxpayers will be saddled with more obligations they truly cannot afford.

 

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Let’s be blunt

  When Albany lawmakers failed to address the state’s $315 million current-year deficit during this week’s special session, Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo offered an unvarnished assessment. "Hard decisions, tough choices don’t go away just because you don’t make them," he said. ...

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Politics and the jobless

The cost of letting  unemployment insurance benefits expire—in both monetary and human terms— would be even higher.

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Mortgage mess

The recommendation to probe the foreclosure problems vigorously and conduct new "stress tests" on the nation's largest banks seems painfully obvious.

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Fair share

Government and school district employees paying health care benefits on a par with state employees would save more than $1 billion.
 

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Second chances

For Republicans and Democrats alike, a bit of humility now could go a long way.

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