GOVERNMENT, LAW AND POLICY JOURNAL TACKLES
NEW YORK’S BUDGET WITH LATEST ISSUE
Published by the NYSBA Committee on Attorneys in
Public Service with Albany Law School’s Government Law Center,
topics include Medicaid, school finance, tax structure
ALBANY, N.Y. – The recently released issue of the
Government, Law and Policy Journal offers a comprehensive
analysis of “New York State’s Budget: Conflicts and
Challenges” through a variety of articles by legal scholars,
government officials and nonprofit executives.
Articles in the state budget issue include:
• “New York’s Spending: A State Like No
• “Changing the Terms of New York State’s Budget
• “Medicaid in New York: A Half Century of Care, Cost
The Government, Law and Policy Journal is published by the
New York State Bar Association State Bar’s Committee on Attorneys
in Public Service, in cooperation with the Government Law Center (GLC)
of Albany Law School.
“This issue of the journal contains some fascinating articles
on the often contentious budgeting process in New York,” said
Peter Loomis, chair of the Committee on Attorneys in Public Service.
“It should be required reading for everyone involved in creating
the state budget, as well as anyone with a stake in the
Abraham Lackman, the Clarence D. Rappleyea Government Scholar in
Residence at the GLC, served as guest editor for this issue of the
journal. He also contributed the article “New York’s
Economy: From Stagnation to Decline.”
“While I am delighted that Albany Law School and the New York
State Bar Association have published this important edition of the
Government, Law and Policy Journal, the issue’s content
serves as a reminder that New York state’s economy and budget have
been in a state of crisis for a number of years, and that the prognosis
is cloudy, at best,” said Lackman, former secretary of the Senate
“One of the Government Law Center’s primary
responsibilities is to serve as a bridge between government policy and
the law,” said Patricia Salkin, director of the center and
associate dean at Albany Law School. “Supporting publications,
such as the Government, Law and Policy Journal, is one way we
contribute meaningfully and practically to the public debate.”
Authors of the budget issue bring years of expertise to the subject.
In addition to Lackman, they include: David S. Liebschutz, professor,
Rockefeller College of University at Albany; Mitchell J. Pawluk,
attorney, Harris Beach PLLC; James M. McGuire, counsel to former
Governor George E. Pataki; Shawn MacKinnon, assistant director, Senate
Finance Committee; Michael A. Rebell, executive director, Campaign for
Educational Equity; Richard Ravitch, former lieutenant governor; and
Robert D. Plattner, deputy commissioner for tax policy, state Department
of Taxation and Finance.
Also: Charles Brecher , executive vice president, Citizens Budget
Commission; Tammy P. Gammerman, senior research associate, Citizens
Budget Commission; E.J. McMahon, senior fellow, Empire Center for New
York State Policy; John F. Cape, former state budget director;
Eugene M. Laks, principal drafter of state Medicaid reimbursement
legislation (1984 to 1996); Seymour P. Lachman, director of Hugh
L. Carey Institute for Government Reform, Wagner College; Mary
Louise Mallick, senior policy advisor to state comptroller; Kenneth W.
Bond, attorney, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP; and Robert B. Ward,
deputy director, Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government.
Previous issues of the Government Law and Policy Journal
have focused on public authority reform, restructuring of local
government, government ethics, police oversight and access to
government. The next issue will explore issues in government
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