Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Spending in New York

December 27, 2005. This report, by FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick, reviews the evolution, over the past nine years, of New York State’s use of its federal TANF block grant funds and the related “Maintenance of Effort” (MOE) resources. It also presents a preliminary review of the implementation, by social services districts across the state, of the Flexible Fund for Family Services (FFFS), New York’s new state-to-local block grant.

Who’s right on pension costs – the MTA or the TWU?

December 22, 2005. One of the issues raised by the late December 2005 strike by Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) was the future of pension or retirement plans for American workers.  A debate has also ensued about the validity of the claims by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) that pension costs are a significant cause of its projected budget gaps in 2008 and beyond, and about the pros and cons, from a policy perspective, of the MTA’s efforts to cut back on employee pension benefits. FPI’s James Parrott writes one of a pair of point-counterpoint op eds on these questions in the New York Daily News.

New York City’s Labor Market Outlook with a Special Emphasis on Immigrant Workers

December 9, 2005. A presentation for a forum sponsored by the NYC Education and Training Coalition: “NYC’s Labor Market: Where Are the Jobs?” Presentation >>

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