We’re All in This Together: Federal, State, and Local Governments All Have a Part to Play in the Economic Recovery

February 26, 2009. The National Association of County Administrators asked FPI’s Frank Mauro and James Parrott to write the lead article for The Journal of County Administration, December 2008/February 2009. The article stresses that while the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides a significant lifeline to the states at a critical point in time, it will not completely eliminate the need for some painful budget balancing actions by state and local governments. The key challenge for the states is finding the mix of spending cuts and/or tax increases that will do the least harm to the state’s economy. Journal issue >>

FPI, NYFF, and Economist Robert H. Frank applaud Senator Jeffrey Klein’s efforts to restore progressivity to the income tax

February 25, 2009. New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness and the Fiscal Policy Institute today praised Senator Jeffrey Klein’s efforts to reform New York’s current inequitable tax system by increasing rates at the top of the income spectrum – adding, however, that the Senator’s bill simply does not raise enough revenue to sufficiently offset the onerous budget cuts proposed by the Governor. Unfortunately, the middle income tax relief in this bill will not provide stimulus if spending cuts, are in effect, paying for those tax cuts. Press release accompanied by a statement from Cornell University economist Robert Frank.

Major education organizations release analysis showing 64 percent of school districts face cuts in excess of $15,000 per classroom

February 22, 2009. The Fiscal Policy Institute joined with the Alliance for Quality Education and other groups to publicize the grim truth about Governor Paterson’s $2.5 billion in school aid cuts. Nearly two thirds of school districts face cuts in excess of $15,000 per classroom, and sixty districts face cuts over $30,000 per classroom. Education committee chairwomen Assemblywoman Nolan and Senator Oppenheimer joined education advocates in calling for school aid restorations; the organizations called for fair share tax reform. Release with 14-page district-by-district analysis.

Testimony on the 2009-2010 Executive Budget – Workforce Issues

February 4, 2009. Testimony presented by FPI executive director Frank Mauro to the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees. The Executive Budget contains many proposals that will directly and indirectly cut jobs, exacerbating the recession in the state economy. There are other ways to close budget gaps – notably, an increase in high-end income taxes – that would do much less harm to the economy.

How to Balance the State Budget

February 2, 2009. An op ed in the Gotham Gazette by Frank Mauro and James Parrott.

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