Covid-19 has had a substantial effect on the municipal workforce. We look at the effect during the peak months of the pandemic by examining the use of sick leave by uniformed staff members and civilian staff.
The Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown brought about extraordinary economic distress for New York City and its residents. That distress is now easing thanks to an influx of federal aid to the city budget and the successful development and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.
The New York City Independent Budget Office is today adding to its compilation of roughly 100 budget options for the city—ways New York could cut spending or raise revenue. In addition to the new measures introduced today, we have revised or updated a number of initiatives included in our online Bud
NYC BY THE NUMBERS: Last year, the Mayor suspended the sanitation department’s organics collection program because of budget constraints and too many partially filled trucks. But participation varied throughout the city.
A recent court decision may allow Gowanus to be the next neighborhood rezoned under the Mayor’s initiative, but 6 other neighborhood rezoning plans—from East New York to the Bay Street corridor--are already approved and underway. We look at the status of funding for 87 local projects.
Nearly 400 public schools with grades 9-12 offer advancement placement courses. Course content is very similar across the schools, but some schools weight student grades, potentially turning a B into an A. With appendix table.
Report focuses on the allocation and uses of resources for various competing budget priorities, including the various options available for saving money and raising revenue, as well as the weighed/approximated costs and benefits for each option.
PRELIMINARY BUDGET FOCUS: Under the Governor’s budget plan, state aid to NYC schools would grow next year. But the outlook for school aid is complicated by an influx of federal pandemic school aid and the Governor’s proposed restructuring and reductions of school support from Albany.
In addition to last summer’s threat of potential layoffs, the Mayor has implemented an attrition program, with agencies allowed to replace only one out of every three departing full-time employees. How far has headcount fallen and which agencies have seen the biggest staffing declines?
The Mayor’s latest budget plan adds $23 million over the years 2020-2023 for his LeadFreeNYC initiative, and brings the total amount of funds budgeted for the program to $39 million. But that still leaves the program’s funding well short of the original commitment.
The city has committed more than $4 billion over 10 years that can be used to meet the terms of the settlement with federal officials for repairs at public housing developments across the city. Yet the full cost of the settlement is unclear, and may require additional city funds.
Foundation Aid is the largest form of state support for the city’s schools. The budget proposals from the Governor and the Legislature remain far apart, not just in dollar amount but in how some of the funding can be used.
As an advisory commission appointed by the Mayor and Council Speaker looks at ways to reform the city’s property tax system, we consider an idea suggested by a number of policy- and opinion-makers: reducing the percentage of a home’s market value that is subject to the property tax.
We’ve updated and reformulated our compendium of ways the city can raise money or cut spending. Budget Options for New York City is now designed as a web-based publication. This enables us to update budget options or add new ones as circumstances change or new information becomes available.
This document provides a comprehensive description of the portion of the New York City waste stream managed by the city’s Department of Sanitation (DOS). It is intended as a reference document. Actual FY1992-2000 data are provided, as well as projections from DOS for fys 2000-02
This document provides an update to IBO’s February 2001 Background Paper entitled “Overview of the Waste Stream Managed by the NYC Department of Sanitation.” Here, we present a condensed survey of the same data for fiscal years 2000-2004.
What if the de Blasio Administration’s proposal to base admissions to the city’s specialized high schools on grades and the state assessment tests had been in place for 8th graders in school year 2017-18? How would it have changed the demographics and achievement levels of students who got offers?
IBO presents an overview of our analysis of the Mayor’s Preliminary Budget for 2020 and financial plan through 2023. The report includes our projections of city budget gaps and surpluses, highlights of our latest economic forecast, and re-estimates of revenue and spending under the Mayor’s plan
When a low-income household loses their income or faces an extraordinary bill, they can face a utilities cutoff--or eviction. Did the pandemic lead to a surge in one-time emergency housing grants by the city?
For years, nonprofit social & human service providers have contended that city contracts did not fully cover indirect costs such as rent & utilities. The de Blasio Admin promised more funding, then reduced the allocation. Now the initiative to support indirect costs is fully funded—but for how long?
While there’s been much attention to the de Blasio Administration’s expansion of pre-k and 3-k, after-school programs for elementary and middle school students also have substantially increased. We track the rise in enrollment and spending since 2014.
In recent years annual revisions to federal labor force data for New York City have been large and hard to anticipate. These revisions have been further complicated by some unusual recent trends in local employment. We take a closer look.
IBO presents a comprehensive analysis of the 2020 Executive Budget & Financial Plan through 2023, including our projections of spending, revenue, & budget gaps & surpluses under the Mayor’s proposals. The report also features our latest economic forecast & an analysis of the Mayor’s saving plan.
In contrast to NYC's explosive growth in new jobs since the 2008-09 recession, the average number of hours worked each week has trended downward over the past decade. We compare the trend here, which may partly explain why wage growth has been relatively modest, with other U.S. metropolitan areas.