An Innovator Takes a Fairly Conventional Approach

October 26, 2009. An article by James Parrott, FPI’s deputy director and chief economist, who writes regularly for Gotham Gazette’s Economy section. Article >>

Testimony on Governor Paterson’s Proposed 2009-2010 Deficit Reduction Plan

October 26, 2009. Testimony presented by James Parrott, Deputy Director and Chief Economist of FPI, to the Senate Finance Committee.

Testimony on Governor Paterson’s Proposed 2009-2010 Deficit Reduction Plan

October 21, 2009. Testimony presented by Frank Mauro, Executive Director of FPI, and Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, to the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. Mauro and Deutsch discussed why $1.8 billion of the $3 billion in deficit reduction actions proposed by Governor Paterson for the current state fiscal year would harm the still-fragile state economy. The Governor’s other $1.2 billion in gap-closing recommendations together with additional actions that will not hurt the state economy should be used to ensure that the state ends the current fiscal year in balance. Changes in law that would affect the state’s finances and its economy on an ongoing basis should be reviewed in a thorough and well-informed manner as part of the Legislature’s consideration of the Governor’s 2010-2011 Executive Budget – with all options on the table, including the budget-balancing alternatives recommended by Mauro and Deutsch in this testimony.

Property Tax Relief for New Yorkers

October 19, 2009. At a public forum hosted by Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro in Hopewell Junction, Frank Mauro of the Fiscal Policy Institute discussed the workings of New York State’s current property tax system, and John Whiteley of the New York State Property Tax Reform Coalition discussed property tax relief and reform options for New York State. Watch the video >>

Statement on Governor Paterson’s call to cut state spending by $1.8 billion

October 15, 2009. Statement from FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro.