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Social Contract


Social ContractRichard Ravitch has been drafted to help fix three governmental crises, including when New York City nearly went bankrupt in 1975. Why is it so much harder for him to solve the state's current financial crisis? Are our politics so broken that they can't fix the problems we face?

Image: A bag of stress balls in the New York Governor's budget office. The state has yet to pass a budget for the current fiscal year.

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