IBO Now Blogs
January 16th, 2009

The Independent Budget Office today unveiled a new Web site design that offers a quicker and more efficient user experience. They also posted the first item on their new blog. (The post estimates that a federal stimulus bill under consideration would increase federal Medicaid payments to the city by 8 percent, rising from 50 percent to 54 percent of total Medicaid spending.)

“New Yorkers may be facing hard fiscal times, but we want to provide them with easier access to objective information and analysis of the city’s budget,” said IBO Director Ronnie Lowenstein in a statement. “Our new Web design makes it much easier to use the site to find reports and other data produced by IBO. And the Weblog provides a new outlet for presenting short and timely looks at important economic and fiscal issues.”

New Yorkers can now subscribe by RSS to their blog. If they subscribe to the entire site, the agency’s testimonies, letters and other data – including blog posts – are available, as they have been now for months.

Although the site features the ability to subscribe to blog comments, there are no plans to allow comments on the site. “We don’t have the resources to monitor a live comment function at this time,” says spokesperson Doug Turetsky. He points out that New Yorkers can still send comments by email to [email protected].

The new IBO site comes on the heels of the release of a new blog on the City Council Web site. (Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum praised the Council initiative – on her own blog – but held out hope it would offer a commenting function). A City Council Twitter feed is also newly available. The Council site’s RSS feeds still aren’t available, however.

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  1. web design Says:
    February 4th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    well i love blogging.

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