Though both Cuomo and de Blasio are counting the most recent state budget as a victory, many on the left are unhappy with some of the provisions that were included--and left out. Karen Scharff, executive director of Citizen Action of New York and co-chair of the Working Families Party, and James Parrott, chief economist and deputy director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, discuss the budget.
The Brian Lehrer Show's election series 30 Issues in 30 Days continues this week with a series of conversations about a variety of topics. See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.
What issues will top the next NYC mayor’s budget agenda? James Parrot, Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, discuss budget issues – including union contracts – that the next mayor will face.
James Parrot, Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Steve Malanga, Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow and author of the forthcoming book Shakedown: The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer, discuss today's Wonk Wars true/false statement: Public Employees Get Too Many Benefits.
James Parrott, deputy director and chief economist at the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, a member of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, and former director of the Congressional Budget Office, discuss national and local job numbers for August.