What’s wrong with the CGR critique of prevailing wage requirements

February 29, 2008. In a letter to the editor of the Long Island Business News, FPI deputy director and chief economist James A. Parrott explains what’s wrong with the recent report on prevailing wage requirements by the Rochester-based Center for Governmental Research.

Presentation by James Parrott before the New York State Economic and Revenue Consensus Forecasting Conference

February 27, 2008. Presentation by FPI Deputy Director and Chief Economist James Parrott.  Parrott was one of five economists invited to speak at the conference, which gave Budget Director Laura Anglin and leaders of the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees the opportunity to hear testimony from leading state and national economic experts. By March 1, the legislature and governor must issue a joint report containing the consensus economic forecast and estimates of receipts for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

President’s budget reflects wrong priorities for New York

February 20, 2008. FPI’s release showing the detailed impact of President Bush’s $1.7 billion cut to New York for 2008-2009.

Pay fair wages, get quality work

February 19, 2008. A column about IDA reform by FPI chief economist James Parrott and Jesse Lenney of Metro Justice, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Will Education Funding Promises be Broken?

February 14, 2008. FPI prepared the data for this report this report from the Alliance for Quality Education – showing that the proposed cuts in foundation aid in the executive budget disproportionately hurt students from poor households. The districts outside of New York City with the highest proportion of poverty (districts in which, on average, 60 percent of students live in poverty) face 20 percent of the proposed cuts despite having only 15 percent of all students in the state. New York City students (of whom 76 percent live in poverty) face 53 percent of all cuts in foundation aid despite representing only 36 percent of all students in the state.

Paying good wages shields taxpayers from waste

February 14, 2008. A column about IDA reform by FPI executive director Frank Mauro and Micaela Shapiro-Shellaby of the Coalition for Economic Justice, Buffalo News.

The Cost of Affordable Housing Construction in New York City

February 14, 2008. Testimony presented by FPI chief economist James Parrott to the Assembly Committee on Housing. Significant fiscal costs arise from the rampant practice in affordable housing construction of illegally misclassifying workers as independent contractors or off the books. Also, paying prevailing wage can actually decrease costs, by attracting more productive workers. Testimony >>

Setting the Context for Commission Deliberations

February 12, 2008. This presentation was prepared by Frank Mauro, executive director of FPI, for the February 12, 2008, meeting of the New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief.

Property Taxes in New York: A State Problem Calling for a State Solution

February 11, 2008. Why are property taxes so high in New York? State fiscal policies have created the bind. This brief looks at four reforms that would help – and could be funded in a way that makes the overall tax system fairer. In the meantime, a middle class circuit breaker would ease the pressure on the property tax much more effectively that the Middle Class STAR program.

On May 22, 2008, the brief was handed out at a public meeting in New City hosted by State Senator Thomas Morahan and Assemblymembers Ellen Jaffee and Kenneth Zebrowski, Jr. at the Rockland County Legislative Chambers; FPI executive director Frank Mauro was the keynote speaker.

Getting bang for our buck: Economic development in New York State

February 11, 2008. Despite the billions currently spent on economic development, we have relatively little to show for it. The appropriate guiding principle is building the middle class – thus increasing the already impressive productivity of New York workers. Logical next steps include scrapping Empire Zones, reforming IDAs and more. Brief >>