Governor Pataki recently attached a Workers' Compensation "Reform" Bill to his 2006 Budget Bill. This bill, if enacted, would take away benefits from injured workers that they have had since 1914.
Specifically, the bill would "cap" benefits for injured workers with career ending permanent disabilities. Essentially, the Governor is shifting the cost of workers' compensation benefits from employers to county and local government. Once the injured workers' benefits run out, they will have no recourse but to apply for welfare.
If you think your property taxes are already too high, wait until the cost of workers compensation injuries is added to your tax bill!