Eliminate local funding of education entirely and replace it with a statewide tax.
I would like to see you propose legislation to create a Health Care Cost Containment Council. I also encourage you to issue an executive order requiring the health department to report financial and quality information on licensed health facilities. Too many New Yorkers are priced out of comprehensive health care and by taking this measure, you will be providing a much needed service to New Yorkers.
New York can be a leader in the face of rising energy costs and increased awareness of the environmental devastation of our existing energy forms. New York should make a commitment to eliminating dirty coal plants and increasing clean forms of energy such as wind, solar, geothermal, etc etc. Nuclear power has no business being in this state!
Please Scrap Governor Pataki's "Pit", and give us what everyone wants. New, stronger, better, Twin Towers! Start that bonfire! On day one, EVERYTHING changes! Make New York, the Empire State once again! (Matthew P. Walukiewicz, 6th grade student.)
I would like to see the amount of money per student attached to the student. The parent/guardian would choose which school the child attended.
Promote Health Savings Accounts. All consumers, whether health care or food shoppers, look more carefully at costs when the see their self-controlled dollars paying for it.
I think New York should mandate that all buildings that have a roof that exceed 4,000 square ft. or are over over 15 stories high to install green roofs. Green Roofs can be installed on both new buildings through retrofitting, and old buildings usually have roofs that are strong enough to hold a green roof. Green Roofs do not make the roof less secure, and will signicantly lower energy costs for the building owner. Green Roofs absorb rainfall during storms that would ordinarily contribute to Combined Sewage Overflow (CSO), they save energy, they relieve urban heat island affect which contributed to the deaths of over 100 people last summer, mostly over the age of 60, they help keep the air cleaner helping children in polluted areas fight respitory illnesses like asthma, and they absorb CO 2 emissions which would directly combat global warming. Also Green Roofs can be made accessible to the public, and they can be used to grow food on. Green areas are proven to raise the value of any neighborhood, and have been proven to relieve humans stress levels. I think the growths of green roofs in New York City would help us with the environmental and health problems that will only worsen if we don't take active measures to stop them. New York City has always been at the forefront of modernity and new ideas, there is no reason why that should be true for the environment as well. Sincrely, Marni Horwitz
I hope NYC will adopt these ideas put forth by America's students. Thanks, Marni at INFORM.org
Provide incentives via tax policy and Medicaid Partnership - Compact Plan to encourage New Yorkers to fund own long-term care costs. Institutional and long-term care accounts for about 60% of Medicaid costs. See Elder Law Section, NYS Bar Association, Report 2005.
In addition to provider fraud and abuse efforts targeting misuse and over use of services by single adults, interlocking ownerships and kickbacks,provide expanded mandatory enrollment in magaged care for elderly and disabled as means to coordinate care given, reduce harmful drug interactions and reduce costs of care.
But having a full-time year-round job does not ensure enough income to rent the housing available in New York either. According to HUD figures, a full-time worker would need to earn $16.94 per hour to afford the two-bedroom fair-market rent. This figure ranges from $8.90 per hour in lower-cost areas to $19.50 per hour on Long Island, where housing costs are as high as anywhere else in the country. On this score, New York ranks second-worst in the nation, following Hawaii, where the "housing wage" is $18.71 per hour. However, the median income among Hawaiian renters is nearly 30 percent higher (by about $8,000 per year) than in New York.
We're excited about YOU, Eliot Spitzer.
There should be less focus on people driving themselves to work everyday. Most cars on the road today have less than two people in them. Promoting a safe and timely public transportation system all over the State would reduce emissions of smog and global warming chemicals.
Enhansing Star will not stop the friends and small business owners I know from leaving New York. Half of our village businesses are up for sale.