Jessica Gould

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NYC Budget Tests Mayor's Bonds with Wall Street

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The city's bonds are getting good ratings, but some investors are still worried.

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Online Gambling In The Garden State Gets Off To A Slow Start

Thursday, May 15, 2014

New Jersey legalized online gambling in 2013, expecting a big windfall in tax revenue, but it has earned less than $8 million so far. What's gone wrong with New Jersey's big bet?


De Blasio Budget Promotes "Values," Leaves Questions

Friday, May 09, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio is touting a "progressive" budget that reflects his administration's values. But budget watchdogs say some significant costs are being pushed down the road.


Ever Wonder Why New Jersey Has Such Cheap Gas?

Monday, May 05, 2014

Taxes help keep low prices at the pump, but that could pose problems as the state takes on massive debt to pay for transportation projects.

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Pump It Up: Group Calls for Higher NJ Gas Tax

Thursday, April 24, 2014

New Jersey needs to raise its gas tax — or risk running out of funding for future road, bridge and transit improvements, according to a nonprofit policy group.

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City Council's Budget Wish List

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In the annual back-and-forth known as the "budget dance," New York City Council is now taking the lead.

The council submitted its response to Mayor Bill de Blasio's nearly $74 billion preliminary budget that outlined its priorities, ranging from universal free lunches in schools, to a new commission to ...


DiNapoli: New York Budget is Better, But Up to Some Old Tricks

Monday, April 21, 2014

In a new report, New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says the state is in its best fiscal shape in years. It closed out the previous budget cycle with a balance of $2.2 billion, and had millions to set aside in a rainy day fund for the first time since ...


Bible Lessons Explain NJ's Budget Sacrifice

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Like Esau, New Jersey's short-term gain to help balance the budget gives up some long-term benefits.


Despite Action, Gov. Christie Warns Again Of Pension Crisis

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says ballooning pension costs are creating a "looming crisis." In 2011, Christie teamed up with legislators to pass a pension overhaul but it hasn't fixed the problem.

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A Check in the Mail Around Election Day?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Strategic tax cuts are rife in the new budget bill, expected to pass today.


New Jersey's Gaming Bet Comes up Short

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Internet gambling is off to the races, but so far only about $4 million in tax revenue has been raised. That's far short of the $160 million Governor Chris Christie expected. Here’s why the state may have bet too much. 

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TV and Film Jobs Flock to New York from Hollywood

Thursday, February 27, 2014

California is losing entertainment industry jobs—to New York.


New Jersey's Pension Problem: Part Deux

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Governor Christie has presented the largest budget in New Jersey state history.  The $34.5 billion spending plan has no tax increases and the largest payout yet for retired state workers' benefits.  The governor called those growing costs a "looming crisis" for the state, and has pledged to tackle it. Again.

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Red Carpet Treatment: A Tax Credit for the Tonight Show

Monday, February 17, 2014

After decades in California the "Tonight Show" is back in New York City and will make its debut this evening. Like many TV programs and movies, the show benefits from tax incentives to film in New York. In this case, one tailor-made for the program. 

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To Solve Union Woes, Retirement Fund is Tempting

Friday, February 14, 2014

Budget watchdogs say it would be a big mistake for Mayor de Blasio to use funds set aside for retiree health benefits when hammering out new contracts with city workers.


De Blasio Unveils First Budget, Faces 'Unprecedented' Labor Contract Situation

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

De Blasio said Wednesday his priorities include universal, full-day pre-kindergarten; an inspector general for the NYPD; and enforcement of the paid sick leave act.


Stringer to Apple: Protect Our Assets

Monday, February 10, 2014

Activist investor Carl Icahn is abandoning his proposal for a $50 billion buyback from Apple. The news comes as the heads of some state and city pension funds called on the company's shareholders to vote against the plan.


In Election Year, Cuomo Offers Lower Verrazano Tolls

Thursday, February 06, 2014

If the MTA approves Governor Cuomo's proposal, some Staten Island residents and businesses would pay less to cross the bridge.

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Comptroller Puts Brakes on 311 Contract

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

A contract signed in the last days of the Bloomberg administration to overhaul the city's information hotline is getting a second look. The company, CGI, is the contractor widely blamed for the botched federal healthcare website.


Christie's Other Problem: NJ's Crushing Debt

Friday, January 24, 2014

Governor Chris Christie is facing the biggest political battle of his administration, with investigations into lane closures on the George Washington Bridge and the distribution of aid after Sandy. But there may be an even bigger challenge looming. A new report says a crushing level of debt puts New Jersey dead last for fiscal solvency.