Among all the public issues discussed and debated on the federal, state and local levels of government, there is major consensus about the importance of economic matters – creating jobs, stimulating the economy. Once you get past those clichés, however, there is no major consensus about what to do about such things or how to measure the benefits of public development projects. Continue reading
The 2019 political calendar is already shifting into high gear. Here’s an overview of some facts, observations and heard-on-the-streets: Continue reading
Erie Community College is a public institution with an annual budget of $111 million, 45 percent of which is funded directly by state and county taxpayers. It is a public institution whose administration seems comfortable with talking around funding issues and how the school spends its money.
This blog has posted numerous articles about problems at the College. Last August a series of articles was posted about the financial management of the institution; its contract with Canisius College for dormitory space; and the manner in which the school’s president spends tens of thousands of dollars made available to him in two expense accounts. Continue reading
Super Bowl LIII is set. The Saints got robbed. The Chiefs came up short. Go Rams. Sorry, but it’s too hard to add an exclamation point to that cheer.
There was tons of drama in the two conference championship games last Sunday. Two minute drills were critical. I didn’t like the results but those were definitely two of the best championship games ever played. Continue reading
Things start to take shape for the 2019 local elections with a review of the campaign committee financial reports required of all committees, due at the State Board of Elections. The most relevant of the reports are for elected officials or candidates who will be running for office in 2019, so this is a brief report on those people. Continue reading
Welcome back to Politics and Other Stuff. Happy New Year!
Here are a few facts, observations and heard-on-the-streets to kick off the New Year: Continue reading
It is the holiday season. There are decorations everywhere, likely even in Buffalo City Hall. Lots of red and green.
But I’m thinking here more about something familiar to many Western New Yorkers when they think about a crisis in municipal finance. The red and green I’m referring to is the Erie County government financial crisis brought on in 2004 when former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra presented two versions of a 2005 county budget. One would have cut spending in a draconian way – the red budget. The second was the green version, which would have balanced the budget by raising the sales tax by one percent – referred to as the “Medicaid penny.” Continue reading