Independent Budget Office
Thursday, January 29, 2015
By Beth Fertig
Thursday, January 09, 2014
By Beth Fertig
Students who enroll in charter schools for kindergarten are more likely to stay through third grade than students at traditional New York City public schools, according to the Independent Budget Office, with one exception: special education pupils.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
By Janet Babin : Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News
New York City's Independent Budget Office has come up with 90-plus ways the city can increase revenue and cut costs. The options range from taxing disposable plastic bags, to plastic surgery, to restoring the commuter tax that was cut in 1999.
Friday, August 23, 2013
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
The average annual cost to house an inmate in New York City is more than $167,731,according to a report issued by the Independent Budget Office.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
By Patricia Willens : Editor, WNYC News
The IBO analysts have made sense of reams of numbers and graphs in their second survey of New York City schools data. One factoid: 83 percent of public school students in 2011-2012 were born in the United States while the remaining 17 percent hail from 197 other countries or territories. Another one: average class sizes increased in kindergarten through eighth grades by varying degrees. In first and second grade, it was about one student per class while seventh and eighth grades increased on average by 0.1 students per class.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
By Brigid Bergin : Reporter
The city’s independent budget analysts warned on Wednesday that the fiscal health of the city faces a serious threat: all the city's municipal labor unions are working with expired contracts.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
By Beth Fertig
A new report finds higher concentrations of students in poverty and special needs at the 26 schools the city has targeted for closure, but it doesn't draw any conclusions about whether the schools received enough funds to prevent them from going downhill academically.
Monday, January 14, 2013
By Ilya Marritz
The legislature in Albany is back in session, and among the top items on the agenda: whether or how to renew the tax abatement on 364,000 co-ops and condominiums in New York City.
Friday, December 21, 2012
As a compromise remains out of reach for President Obama and John Boehner on how to revamp spending and tax policies in 2013, a new analysis looks at five different scenarios for tax reform and how each would affect the annual bills paid by New Yorkers.
Friday, June 08, 2012
By Tracey Samuelson : WHYY
If New York City used a bidding system to issue food truck permits — much like it does for taxi medallions or park concessions — the city could add $37 million to its coffers.
Friday, April 27, 2012
The city's Independent Budget Office issued a report Friday that included a list of 72 ways the city can save and generate revenue. On the list are old favorites that are often discussed but never implemented, but there were also some newer, controversial cuts recommended.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
A report released on Thursday by the New York City Independent Budget Office said that while the A to F letter grades that are assigned to public schools annually are an improvement over other, less complex ways of measuring performance, they tend to punish schools with higher concentrations of poor, black and Hispanic students.
Friday, March 30, 2012
With conflicting budget figures rolling around, the city continues to insist: not to worry. Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said Tuesday at a City Council hearing on the preliminary budget that he intended to protect schools from cuts and planned to keep the schools' budgets stable. If that is so, it means principals -- who control their own budgets in New York City -- can avoid more of the painful cuts of this school year and maintain a similar level of service and staffing.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
New York City's Education Department will spend $51 million to open 26 new charter schools next year, according to a report released on Thursday by the Independent Budget Office. The analysis of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's preliminary budget also found that the city had slightly overestimated how much the Department of Education's budget would increase next year, while minimizing the amount by which general education spending may have to be cut to cover rising costs in other areas.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
It turns out the current battle over a living wage bill that would raise the pay of workers in a select number of city-sponsored work environments is old hat. According to Doug Turetsky of the city's Independent Budget Office, New York already has living wage legislation on the books that, thanks to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, goes far beyond what's currently being proposed:
Amid the uproar during the past few weeks over the proposed living wage law there’s one important point that you might have missed: the city already has a living-wage law. Its rules cover thousands of workers employed under more than $1 billion worth of contracts with the city.
In fact, New York City had one of the first living-wage laws in the country, though the city’s first bill covered just a couple thousand workers. Passed in 1996, over the veto of then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, the legislation was championed by advocacy organizations such as the Industrial Areas Foundation as well as local unions. It required that private firms contracting with the city to provide food services, security guards, cleaners, and temporary office workers pay their employees a living wage that ranged at the time from about $7.25 to $12 an hour.
The number and type of workers covered by the city’s living-wage rules expanded in 2002 when Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a law that extended living-wage provisions to home health care and child care workers whose agencies had contracts with the city. The Brennan Centerat New York University estimated that under the new requirements the pay of 50,000 home health care workers would rise immediately and later the pay of up to 9,000 child care workers. Shortly after the law went into effect, Steve Malanga wrote ruefully in City Journal, “Thanks to Mayor Bloomberg, New York will now have the largest number of workers covered by any living-wage law in the nation.”
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Do you want to know how attendance relates to student test performance? How many students in the New York City schools were born in Guyana compared to those born in India? Or maybe you want to know how much the system spent on pensions. It's all here, in the Independent Budget Office's annual report.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
By Richard Yeh : Producer, WNYC News
The nonpartisan Independent Budget Office is predicting slightly better news for the city than Mayor Michael Bloomberg laid out in his revised spending plan earlier this month.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
By Bob Hennelly