CDPHP, MVP, other health insurers seek major rate hikes in 2023

ALBANY — Health insurers are asking state regulators for their largest premium increases in several years — a weighted average of 18.7% for the individual market and 16.5% for the small group market.By weighted average, the requests submitted by Capital Region-based insurers MVP Health Care and CDPHP range from 13.6% to 38.4%, with individual rate increases of as much as 48.2%.The state Department of Financial Services reviews the requests submitted by insurers operating in New York and typically approves a lesser amount than originally requested. In 2021, CDPHP and MVP requested premium increases ranging from 4.9% to 16.9% but were granted 3.4%…
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Anger and joy at Supreme Court abortion ruling

Anger and joy at Supreme Court abortion ruling

Friday's Supreme Court ruling overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision drew everything from outrage to elation across the nation and right here in the Capital Region.It was one of the darkest days in American history, a victory for the sanctity of life, a just decision, a vicious and dangerous attack, a prelude to greater attacks on personal liberty, a prelude to taxpayer-funded abortion tourism in New York, depending who you asked.It was also a bitter defeat or a victory to be savored in a fight that's not over.Here are some official reactions:Joy D. Calloway, interim president and CEO, Planned…
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Travelers urged to pack wisely and arrive early at Albany airport

Travelers urged to pack wisely and arrive early at Albany airport

COLONIE — The sleek new high-tech security scanners are in place at Albany International Airport and the TSA officers are putting them to use. Now all they need is a little more cooperation from travelers. The Transportation Security Administration said Thursday that officers there are finding an abundance of prohibited items in luggage with the new machinery, which use the same technology as medical CAT scanners and provide a similarly detailed three-dimensional image. Each time someone packs a knife, or tool more than seven inches long, or an oversized bottle of liquid, the bag must be pulled off the conveyor…
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Comptroller: Capital Region IDA tax breaks among largest in state

Comptroller: Capital Region IDA tax breaks among largest in state

ALBANY — Capital Region industrial development agencies were among the state’s most generous with tax exemptions, according to the state Comptroller’s Office.The comptroller’s annual IDA report also found that the Capital Region IDAs were some of the most frugal on their own operations, with among the lowest ratios of expenses per project.“This report gives taxpayers a clear look at the financial and project data as reported by IDAs for their communities,” state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a message accompanying the report, which covers the 2020 fiscal year.“IDAs can play an important role in helping local economies and businesses expand…
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Sales tax revenue continues to soar for Capital Region counties

Sales tax revenue continues to soar for Capital Region counties

ALBANY — Sales tax revenue continues to surge, with May 2022 collections nearly 21% higher than May 2021 in the Capital Region.It’s the largest monthly increase yet this year, but the year-to-date increase for the first five months has been 16.0%, according to the office of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.A significant portion of this increase is due to inflation, which is running at a four-decade high, raising the cost of goods on which sales taxes are levied. Fuel prices have been growing particularly rapidly, repeatedly setting new all-time highs.The trend boosts the coffers of state and local governments that impose…
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Albany, Schenectady counties’ 2021 crime rates again highest in upstate; Fulton, Montgomery counties show differing statistics

Albany, Schenectady counties’ 2021 crime rates again highest in upstate; Fulton, Montgomery counties show differing statistics

ALBANY — Recently compiled statistics show Albany and Schenectady counties once again leading upstate New York in reported index crimes per capita, even as their crime rates continue to decline.Meanwhile, Fulton and Montgomery counties show disparate statistics despite being broadly similar in many aspects.The seven specific offenses used as an index do not provide a complete picture of crime in a given community, and police agencies’ compilation of the data is not always complete. Further, not every crime is reported and not every incident reported as a crime turns out to be a crime.Despite those limitations, the Uniform Crime Reporting system…
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