Jessica Gould

Reporter, WNYC News

Jessica Gould appears in the following:

Bond Market Braces as Puerto Rico Faces "Not Payable" Debt

Monday, June 29, 2015

Puerto Rico's governor says the island faces a "death spiral" as it confronts $72 billion in debt.


Christie Signs Budget, Vetoes Tax Hikes

Friday, June 26, 2015

Gov. Chris Christie signed a $34 billion budget, but rejected the taxes on millionaires and businesses that Democrats wanted to fund public workers' pensions.


NY to Hire 1,300 Police Officers as Part of $78.5B Budget

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The new officers will cost the city $170 million. The costs will be offset by $70 million in overtime savings.


Puerto Rico's Crisis Makes Waves In New York

Friday, June 12, 2015

Often called the sixth borough, Puerto Rico is in trouble. And with more than a million Puerto Ricans in New York City, what happens there might not t stay there.

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NJ Offers Tax Breaks to Political Donor

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has offered $164 million in tax breaks to a company that contributed to the Republican Governor's Association when Chris Christie was chair.


North Jersey Rolls the Dice on Casinos

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

As its casinos continue to shutter, South Jersey and North Jersey politicians disagree on what should happen in Atlantic City.

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Poll Gives Thumbs Up to Start-Up NY Despite Criticism

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A slim majority of voters say they support Governor Cuomo's Start-Up NY tax-free program for businesses. But critics say it's just hype.

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What de Blasio's Progressive Budget Looks Like

Friday, May 08, 2015

Mayor de Blasio's $78.3 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2016 presents the fullest picture yet of how his administration aims to make good on its main policy goals.

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New Jersey Pension Fight Goes To Court. Again.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Attorneys debated whether the 2011 pension reform law Governor Chris Christie signed is binding. The unions say it is. The administration says it's not. 


Officials Question Fees Public Pensions Pay to Private Managers

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Pension funds in New York and New Jersey pay hundreds of millions of dollars to Wall Street managers who oversee their investments. Critics say that's way too much.

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After 'Accord' NJ Union Pulls Out of Pension Talks

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Governor Chris Christie touted an "unprecedented accord" with the state's largest teachers union on pension reform. The union said there was no deal, and has called off negotiations.

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NJ Pension Boards Question Wall Street Fees

Friday, April 17, 2015

Trustees say management fees are way up, and the way the state explains them is confusing.


New York's Budget: Behind the Scenes and the Numbers

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The scramble to meet the budget deadline left lawmakers frustrated and fiscal experts digging for details.


At Least 12 Injured in 'Gas-Related' Explosion and Fire on 2nd Avenue

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Firefighters expected to be on site all night at the scene of an explosion and fire that tore through 4 buildings on 2nd Avenue near East 7th Street. 

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No Bankruptcy in Atlantic City ... For Now

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An Emergency Manager appointed by Gov. Chris Christie says the city isn't filing for Chapter 9. But it's a safe bet big budget cuts are coming.

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Atlantic City Residents Await Word On Potential Bankruptcy

Friday, March 20, 2015

Four of Atlantic City's 12 casinos closed last year. Unemployment is up, tax revenue is down, and bond raters say the New Jersey town could go bankrupt.


Bankruptcy Could Be In The Cards For Atlantic City

Friday, March 20, 2015

Once the place to gamble on the East Coast, the city is struggling to pay its bills and residents are waiting anxiously for what's next.


Christie's Pension Commission Calls for Compromise

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The commission says the only way New Jersey can pay for its pension and health benefits is if they cost the state less.


Christie and Union Disagree on Agreement for Pension Reform

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The governor said there was an "unprecedented accord" with the teachers union on reforms to retirement and health benefits. The union said there wasn't.


Where New York's Budget Windfall Comes Up Short

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Critics worry the governor's proposal for how to spend money from financial settlements with banks doesn't include enough foreclosure relief.