The New York State Lottery: A Regressive Tax

March 29, 2010. Voluntary payments to the government are generally not thought of as taxes. But states have begun in the last 30 years to obtain significant revenue from lottery sales. Looking at induced lottery purchases as a tax, with very little direct or indirect benefit to the vast majority of purchasers, this analysis confirms conclusions in other studies that it is an extremely regressive tax. By FPI research associate Brent Kramer, published by Tax Analysts in State Tax Notes.

China trade gap displaces 140,000 New York jobs

March 23, 2010. China’s currency manipulation fuels continued trade imbalance. New York has lost 140,000 predominantly middle-wage manufacturing jobs in recent years as a result of China’s unfair trade practices, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute. Press release with data for New York Congressional districts >>

Raise Taxes to Balance the Budget

March 12, 2010. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro discusses Lieutenant Governor Richard  Ravitch’s fiscal reform plan on Capitol Tonight, explaining why tax increases should be part of a balanced approach to closing New York State’s projected budget gap. Video >>

The Ravitch Plan

March 11, 2010. James Parrott, FPI’s Deputy Director  and Chief Economist, was a guest on the Brian Lehrer Show today. He discussed Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch’s plan to reform the New York  State budget process and to borrow money to help solve New York State’s fiscal  problems. Listen >>

The Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on New York City

March 1, 2010. Testimony presented by James Parrott before the New York City Council General Welfare Committee. Testimony >>

New York’s Unemployment Crisis

March 10, 2010.  An update from the Fiscal Policy Institute: In January 2010,  852,000 New Yorkers were unemployed, including 413,000 New York City residents. This fact sheet includes data on New York unemployment rates and payroll job losses, including FPI estimates of unemployment by gender, race, and ethnicity, and long-term unemployment.

Balancing the New York State Budget in an Economically Sensible Manner

March 10, 2010. New York State should balance its budget during the current economic downturn in ways that will not make economic conditions worse. The budget balancing strategies of the early 1990s should be avoided, while those of 2003 and 2009 demonstrate the benefits of more balanced approaches to budget balancing. The wisest policy choices are  those that will take the least amount of demand possible out of the state economy; this brief contains a number of specific options.