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NY State vs Federal Minimum Wage

Both the Federal Government and New York State set a minimum wage for workers. Right now the state's minimum wage is $9.70 (upstate) while the federal minimum wage is $7.25. This is the largest discrepancy between federal and state minimum wages, at least since 1968.

Data Sources:

U.S. Department of Labor, Federal Minimum Wage Rate under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act [STTMINWGFG], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/STTMINWGFG, February 22, 2017.

U.S. Department of Labor, State Minimum Wage Rate for New York [STTMINWGNY], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/STTMINWGNY, February 21, 2017.

Acres of Developed Land in Northeastern States

Estimates presented here are based upon the latest information from the National Resources Inventory (NRI). The NRI is a longitudinal sample survey based upon scientific statistical principles and procedures. It is conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in cooperation with Iowa State University’s Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology. These results are based upon the 2007 NRI, which provides nationally consistent data for the 25-year period 1982–2007. Estimates here cover the contiguous 48 states. Separate estimates include Hawaii, Alaska, and the Caribbean.

Data Source: 2007 National Development Resources Inventory, National Resource Conservation Service. https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/cntsc/?cid=stelprdb1083373

Google Maps: 2017-18 Proposed Budget Funded By Property Tax

It varies in our state on how much local schools are funded via local property taxes versus state aid. Generally, downstate and more affluent suburbs rely more on local property taxes then upstate communities. The school districts in the Adirondack Park and Catskill Park are heavily reliant on property taxes -- but they also receive significant amounts of aid in form of property taxes paid on state land in those school districts.

Google Maps: 2017-18 Proposed Local School Budget

Curious how your local school district ranks for their proposed budget compared to surrounding districts? This interactive map can help show you spending that is proposed in local districts. Districts who plan to increase spending are a green, and darker green for bigger jumps in spending. Districts planning on cutting spending are red, and a darker red for bigger cuts in spending compared to previous years.

Google Maps: SUNY Colleges And Universities

There are community colleges and state universities across most of New York State. Campuses which comprise the State University of New York (SUNY) System. Highlights information on Undergraduate and Graduate enrollment as well as some program area offerings.

Data Source: State University of New York (SUNY) Campus Locations with Websites, Enrollment and Select Program Offerings. https://data.ny.gov/Education/State-University-of-New-York-SUNY-Campus-Locations/3cij-nwhw

State University of New York, Enrollment

The modern State University of New York came into being and expanded enormously under Governor Nelson Rockefeller during the 1960s, out of its very humble roots of a series of state teachers colleges.

Data Source: Headcount Enrollment by Student Level and Student Load, State University of New York: Beginning 1948. https://data.ny.gov/Education/Headcount-Enrollment-by-Student-Level-and-Student-/ben2-nyur

Producer Price Index, April 2007-2017

The Producer Price Index (PPI) is a weighted index of prices measured at the wholesale, or producer level. A monthly release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the PPI shows trends within the wholesale markets (the PPI was once called the Wholesale Price Index), manufacturing industries and commodities markets. All of the physical goods-producing industries that make up the U.S. economy are included, but imports are not.

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Producer Price Index for All Commodities [PPIACO], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/PPIACO, May 11, 2017.

Forensic scientists caught a deer munching on a human carcass for the first time ever

"On January 5, 2015, the camera caught a glimpse of a young white-tailed deer standing near the skeleton with a human rib bone in its mouth. Then it happened again on January 13—the camera caught a deer with another rib sticking out of its mouth like a cigar. It’s not clear whether it was the same deer in both cases, but it's certainly possible first one came back for seconds. This is the first known evidence of a deer scavenging human bones, and the authors published their findings in the Journal of Forensic Sciences."