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Budget & Finances

September 2021 —

The historic surge in unemployment claims at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly depleted the New York State Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund, resulting in the State borrowing from the federal government to pay claims. State UI tax rates have already risen to the highest level permissible under law in 2021. Unless the State or federal government takes significant action, federal UI tax rates on employers will also increase in 2022 and beyond.

Budget & Finances, Transportation

August 2021 —

The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented challenges for the State’s regional transportation authorities by disrupting operations, decreasing ridership, and severely reducing revenues; however, these authorities reported that federal aid helped them weather pandemic deficits. If ridership continues to languish and does not return to pre-pandemic levels, the authorities will need additional revenue from other sources to continue to provide services at current levels—or may be faced with limiting services.

Budget & Finances

August 2021 —

Local government sales tax collections in July increased by 21.2% over the same month in 2020, marking the fourth consecutive month that collections exceeded 2020 results. Collections totaled close to $1.6 billion, up $276 million from July of last year.

Budget & Finances

August 2021 —

On June 30, 2021, New York City adopted its $98.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2022. Excluding federal aid, the City will fund about $2 billion more in spending than was planned in its proposed executive budget in April, after adjusting for surplus transfers and money set aside for reserves. 

Budget & Finances, Economy

July 2021 —

Personal income in New York State has surpassed pre-pandemic levels; while this is a positive development, there are two causes for concern. First, growth is primarily due to transfer receipts paid to New Yorkers from the government, which account for more than 20 percent of personal income. Second, earnings in seven industrial sectors, including the leisure and hospitality sector that was hardest hit during the pandemic, have not yet returned to pre-2020 levels.

Budget & Finances

June 2021 —

The State Fiscal Year 2021-22 Enacted Budget Financial Plan reflects a remarkable improvement in the State’s financial condition, as New York and the nation have begun to recover from the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, there are significant risks to the plan that can be managed if policymakers commit to further strengthening the State’s rainy day reserve funds; exercise discipline by using temporary federal resources for non-recurring obligations over the multi-year plan period; consider the long-term sustainability of major spending programs; closely monitor personal income tax collections and taxpayer behavior; and restore effective State debt management practices, including establishment of new and meaningful debt limitations and, if practicable, greater use of “pay-as-you-go” capital.

Budget & Finances, Economy, Health & Welfare

June 2021 —

The COVID-19 pandemic spurred a change in how people sought and received medical care; rather than visiting medical practitioners in person, increasing numbers of people used telehealth services. While telehealth usage in New York and nationally has declined since the pandemic peak, it remains well above pre-pandemic levels, though still only a small share of overall utilization.

Budget & Finances

June 2021 —

Local sales tax collections in May increased by 57.8 percent over the same month in 2020, the highest one month increase in recent history. Collections totaled $1.4 billion, up $530 million from May of last year.

Regional Table [.xlsx]

Budget & Finances

June 2021 —

DiNapoli's office issues a state cash report every month identifying actual state revenues and spending from the prior month. The cash report focuses primarily on the General Fund and All Governmental Funds. The General Fund is the major operating fund of the state. All Governmental Funds includes General, Special Revenue, Debt Service and Capital Projects funds, as well as funds from the federal government.

Previous Monthly Cash Basis Reports

Budget & Finances

June 2021 —

One year after COVID-19 caused the sharpest economic contraction on record and exposed New York City’s finances to substantial risks, the City’s economy and finances are on the mend, thanks largely to unprecedented federal economic stimulus for businesses and individuals, and direct federal relief to New York State, New York City and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Budget & Finances, Economy

June 2021 —

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic shutdown quickly led to soaring unemployment rates in New York; those rates subsequently declined slowly but steadily. However, for New Yorkers who face unique challenges due to a disability, unemployment rates increased more quickly and have remained stubbornly high, disrupting progress that had been made leading up to the pandemic.

Budget & Finances

May 2021 —

Local government sales tax collections in April grew by 45.7 percent over the same month in 2020. Collections totaled $1.5 billion, up $464 million from April of last year.

Regional Table [.xlsx]

Budget & Finances, Economy

May 2021 —

This report details economic impact payments, also known as "stimulus checks," provided to New Yorkers under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the COVID-Related Tax Relief (CRTR) Act. The report also summarizes the Comptroller’s analysis of the Enacted Budget.

Budget & Finances

May 2021 —

This report examines the use of overtime by New York State agencies over the past ten calendar years. The total cost of overtime in calendar year 2020 reached an all-time high at more than $850 million, covering roughly 19.1 million overtime hours worked.

Budget & Finances

April 2021 —

The New York State All Funds Budget for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-22 totals an estimated $212 billion — the largest budget in State history, almost 10 percent greater than the prior year. While the Budget relies on an influx of resources to make significant investments in Education, Medicaid, and for aid for New Yorkers and businesses, it also missed opportunities to correct course on some lingering fiscal deficiencies.

Budget & Finances, Economy

April 2021 —

In 2020, the 10-year period of record growth in tourism came to an end, and the number of visitors to New York City fell by 67 percent to 22.3 million (from 66.6 million in 2019). OSC estimates the industry’s economic impact dropped by 75 percent from $80.3 billion in 2019 to $20.2 billion in 2020.

Budget & Finances

April 2021 —

Sales tax revenue for local governments in New York State declined by 3.9 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. Sales tax collections from January through March totaled $4.3 billion, which was $173 million less than the first quarter of 2020.

Regional Table [.xlsx]

Budget & Finances, Infrastructure, Transportation

April 2021 —

The MTA’s capital program for 2020-2024 totals $54.8 billion, by far the largest program in its history. As of December 31, 2020, only 100 of 517 projects had been completed or begun, and most of the rest of the program had been indefinitely suspended.

Budget & Finances, Economy

April 2021 —

To date, New York businesses and not-for-profits have received $51.0 billion of federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, low-interest loans first authorized in March 2020 in response to economic hardships faced by these entities due to the pandemic. This report provides a profile of PPP loans by county, industry, and business size.

Budget & Finances, Economy

March 2021 —

New York has recovered less than half the jobs lost between February and April 2020. This report explores the industries leading the recovery, including the leisure and hospitality sector, retail, and construction, and shows which industries continue to lose jobs.