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Rising government contributions to the state pension system are drawing increased attention to operations of the $129 billion fund. This database covers more than 335,000 retirees from agencies and local governments in New York state whose...

The number of state workers earning more than $100,000 jumped 8 percent between 2014 and 2015 and is up 49 percent since 2008. The database below lists every state employee who received gross pay totaling at least $100,000 during any of the...

Nearly one hundred thousand organizations in New York state have qualified for tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. This database contains information on each of those organizations based on the most recent IRS disclosures. ...

New York state's indiustrial development agencies give tax breaks to private companies every year, part of an economic machine that promises to create thousands of new jobs in return. In 2015, the system of more than 100 local, quasi-public...

New York spends $420 million a year -- more than any state in the nation -- to provide tax breaks to films and TV shows in New York. The state began issuing quarterly reports detailing which productions had received these incentives in 2014....

New York state employed more than 305,000 individuals in 2016, spending more than $15.9 billion in worker salaries. The database below contains information on every person who worked for the state as provided by the Comptroller's Office.

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The number of state employees collecting both a salary and a state pension has remained fairly steady since 2012. Last year, 2,613 state employees earned both a salary and a pension, according to data obtained from the state Comptroller’s Office....

The number of New Yorkers making $200,000 or more increased by roughly 74,000 between 2008 and 2013. A total of 394,957 taxpayers earned more than $200,000 in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available from the state Department of...

State lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo quietly stashed away $1.2 billion for pet projects, and they are starting to spend it – on hometown initiatives, including in the Hudson Valley, Southern Tier and western New York. All told, $187 million...

State lawmakers receive millions of dollars a year in reimbursements for travel and daily stipends for every day they are at the state Capitol. The amount of the per diems are set by federal law, but it's the lawmakers themselves who report how...

New York’s nearly 700 school districts are proposing an average spending increase of 1.9 percent and a tax levy increase of 1.6 percent as they go out for a public vote on May 19, according to records released by the state Education Department....

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has limited so-called pork barrel spending by state lawmakers since he took office, but some of it lives on. Millions of dollars for pet projects in lawmakers’ hometown districts continue to be doled out through unused pots of...

The average salary for public employees in local governments grew 2 percent to 4 percent over the past year, but the number of employees dropped 3.4 percent as governments trimmed their workforces in the face of budget cuts.The number of employees...

At an average gross salary of $112,000, State Police officers constitute the highest paid department in the executive branch -- and are eclipsed only by judges in state government. The average includes all ranks; troopers alone made an average...