Jessica Gould

Jessica Gould appears in the following:

Handshake and a Hug Between Mayor and Council on Budget Deal

Friday, June 20, 2014

Budget watchdogs are warning that maintaining this level of spending will be hard if the city's economy faces a setback.


Are Property Taxes Making Your Rent Too High?

Monday, June 16, 2014

New York City's complicated system taxes rental buildings at a higher rate than co-ops and condos. Jessica Gould explains a lawsuit brought by two renters who say that the system is discriminatory and talks about how the different rates might be discouraging


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Is the Rent Too Damn High ... Because of Property Taxes?

Monday, June 16, 2014

New York City's property tax system is notoriously complicated. Now a lawsuit says it's also discriminatory.

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Buying the City Budget

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The city got good news from the bond rating agencies on the mayor's first budget. Maria Doulis, director of city studies for the Citizens Budget Commission, and WNYC reporter Jessica Gould talk about the budget and the ongoing negotiations with the remaining public worker unions, the City Council and Albany lawmakers. 

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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 w...

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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 wo...

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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 t...

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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.