The Congressional Budget Plan

May 24, 2007. New from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: a brief analysis of the conference agreement.

Stretched Too Thin: Food Stamp Benefits in New York State

May 16, 2007. Religious and civic leaders pledge to try the “Food Stamp Diet” – and eat on $3.50 a day – as FPI releases a new report. Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, Rev. Paul D. Rees-Rohrbacher of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Albany, Ed Bloch of the Interfaith Alliance of New York State, Lynda Schuyler of Food Pantries for the Capital District and Linda Bopp of the Nutrition Consortium of New York State joined FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick in taking the food stamp challenge. FPI’s report shows the erosion of the food stamp benefit since 1996, and that the failure to correct this erosion will affect each county in the state. Press release, report.

Behind the Low Unemployment Rate

May 15, 2007. An article by James Parrott, FPI’s deputy director and chief economist. This column inaugurates the Gotham Gazette’s new feature on the Economy. Article >>

Many in county use food stamps

May 13, 2007. An op ed by Trudi Renwick. Saratoga Springs Saratogian.

Expand, don’t restrict, health insurance for kids

May 8, 2007. A letter to the editor by Frank Mauro. Schenectady Daily Gazette.

Food Stamp Challenge: Live on a Food Stamp Budget for a Day

May 10, 2007. As Congress prepares to reauthorize the Farm Bill that includes the Food Stamp program, America’s first line of defense against hunger and food insecurity, walk in the shoes of the less fortunate. Try the “Food Stamp Diet” and pledge to live on the food stamp budget ($1.16 per person per meal) for a day. Pledge and background information >>

Nolan had wrong idea about Resolution 99

May 6, 2007. An op ed by Trudi Renwick. Glens Falls Post Star.

Reforms should make IDAs more accountable

May 6, 2007. An op ed by Adrianne Shropshire and James Parrott. Albany Times Union.

Pre-K Investment Yields Bonuses for Children, Families, Communities and State and Federal Government

May 3, 2007. A new study from the Economic Policy Institute, Enriching Children, Enriching the Nation, was co-released in New York by FPI and Winning Beginning New York. The question asked is whether pre-K pays for itself – and the answer is remarkable. Pre-K pays for itself not once, not twice, but 12 times over! New York press release >>