Federal Fiscal Relief Is Working as Intended: The Cases of New York and Virginia

May 26, 2009. A new study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities profiles the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in New York and Virginia. The experience of these two states suggests that the state fiscal assistance in the economic recovery legislation is having its intended effect: enabling states to balance their budgets with fewer cuts in public services that would harm residents and further slow the economy. The study is part of a special series of reports, Economic Recovery Watch.

Testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform

May 21, 2009. Presented by chief economist James Parrott at the committee’s  public hearing on New York State’s business tax reform. New York could have a more rational and fairer business tax system by adopting a rule to fix problems with the way multi-state corporate income is apportioned, by revamping its overly generous Investment Tax Credit, and by adjusting its taxation of unincorporated businesses. Testimony >>

Outsourcing Public Services to the Private Sector

May 7, 2009. Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor and Committee on Contracts. “Contracting in” offers budget savings and efficiency while promoting better quality jobs for New Yorkers. To pursue these goals, the Council should consider reforms to the contracting process and decision-making.