Reports

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Budget & Finances, Infrastructure, Transportation

October 2020 —

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is facing the greatest challenge in its history.

Budget & Finances

October 2020 —

New York State imposes a "general sales tax" at a single rate on most goods and some services. Counties and cities can impose their own local sales tax in addition to the State rate. This report is an update to the Office of the State Comptroller’s March 2015 publication on local government sales taxes in New York State.

Economy

October 2020 —

The restaurant industry is essential to New York City’s social and economic fabric. From small, family-owned restaurants and food carts to four-star world-famous establishments, the City abounds with restaurants that offer cuisines from every corner of the globe.

Budget & Finances, Pension & Retirement

September 2020 —

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the New York State and Local Retirement System (the System or NYSLRS) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020.

Budget & Finances, Economy

September 2020 —

Six months into the COVID-19 recession, New Yorkers working in lower-paid sectors continue to suffer a disproportionate share of job losses statewide and especially in New York City.

Budget & Finances

September 2020 —

This report on the use of overtime by New York State agencies examines patterns over the past ten calendar years. The total cost of overtime in calendar year 2019 was over $806 million, covering roughly 18.4 million overtime hours worked.

Budget & Finances

September 2020 —

The 2019-20 fiscal year brought the convergence of two dramatically different periods to New York State. The nation’s longest recorded economic expansion continued to generate overall job growth through most of the fiscal year before finally ending in February, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced severe limits on business activity and significantly impacted the State’s economy.

Budget & Finances

September 2020 —

This snapshot highlights the results for counties, cities, towns and villages that reported for local fiscal years ending (FYE) 2019. These scores, therefore, provide a baseline for local government fiscal preparedness in the period just prior to the pandemic.

Budget & Finances, Economy

September 2020 —

While New York State has regained more than one in four of the jobs it lost in March and April, the unprecedented scale of losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic leaves a daunting path ahead for the State to climb back to pre-recession employment levels. For New York City, the picture is even more troubling.

Budget & Finances

September 2020 —

Local government sales tax revenue declined by 7.8 percent, or $111 million, in August compared to the same month last year. 

Regional Table [.xlsx]

Budget & Finances, Economy, Federal Issues

September 2020 —

In March and April 2020, Congress passed four stimulus bills to address the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the public health system and the economy. As Congress debates additional relief measures, it is worth reviewing the targeting of the initial funding in order to inform new policy to counter the virus and its economic effects.

Environment

September 2020 —

Even as we grapple with the serious public health and economic challenges stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change continues to represent an urgent and growing threat. 

Budget & Finances

September 2020 —

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the State of New York for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020.

Fraud & Waste

September 2020 —

The New York State Legislature amended the State Finance Law in 2015 by adding a new Section 8-c, which provides for the establishment of a statewide electronic system to help detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse in government spending and to help avoid improper payment of public moneys.

Unclaimed Funds

August 2020 —

State Fiscal Year 2019-20 was another productive year for the Office of Unclaimed Funds, returning $415 million to rightful owners.

Budget & Finances, Economy

August 2020 —

New York State’s total employment count hit an all-time high of more than 9.8 million in February, reflecting net gains of nearly 2 million jobs since April 1996. 

Budget & Finances

August 2020 —

Sales tax collections for local governments in July totaled $1.3 billion, or $116 million less than in July 2019.

Regional Table [.xlsx]

Budget & Finances, Economy

August 2020 —

Nearly three-quarters of New York State small businesses received assistance in recent months through the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), according to Census Bureau survey data for the week ending June 27.

Budget & Finances, Economy

August 2020 —

The economic, social and budgetary fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic on New York City has been unprecedented, while the loss of life has been unimaginable. Restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the disease triggered a national recession. In New York City, job losses in March and April were the largest since the Great Depression.

Budget & Finances

July 2020 —

Sales tax revenue for local governments in the second quarter of 2020 totaled $3.3 billion, a decline of $1.2 billion compared to the same period last year. 

Monthly and Quarterly Local Sales Tax Collections by Region [.xlsx]