The Effects of Federal and State Budget Actions on Local Governments

May 24, 2011, Watkins Glen. FPI’s Frank Mauro gave a keynote address as part of the 53rd Annual Conference of the New York State City County Management Association, May 22-25.

New York City Revenue and Cost Savings Options

May 23, 2011. This one-pager makes the case that NYC should reform its Personal Income Tax (PIT) structure to add brackets to the top and to take low-income households off the income tax rolls. Four more revenue options and three cost-cutting measures are also proposed.

Property Tax Relief

May 21, 2011, Rhinebeck. FPI’s Frank Mauro spoke at a forum hosted by Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner.

Analysis: EDC Living Wage Study Irrevocably Flawed

May 12, 2011. Economists and other experts conclude study is an “inaccurate and unreliable guide for policymakers.” In fact, substantial research shows that living wage policies create good jobs without hurting the economy. Press release >> Brief >>

Wrenching Choices for New York City’s Working Families: Child Care Funding Slashed as Need Grows

May 11, 2011. Right now, the need for subsidized child care among low-income families is five times as great as what the city funds. The Executive Budget will cut child care funding considerably below the annual average level for 2008-2010, and further shifts $13 million in costs to low-income families in the form of co-pays. This brief details the impact on working families and child care providers – noting that single parents, whose households include 60 percent of the children in low-income families, will be in an especially precarious position.

Issue Spotlight: Pensions

May 9, 2011. A brief prepared statement from FPI’s Frank Mauro, who was part of a forum on public sector pensions. The Capitol.

Top ten reasons a living wage makes sense for New York City

May 5, 2011. Among the reasons to support an expanded living wage: the rising educational attainment yet falling real wages of New York City’s low-wage workers, and a sharp rise over the past two decades in the number of working poor. The City Council will hold a hearing on May 12 on legislation to extend the city’s living wage law to cover large subsidized economic development projects. Press release and policy brief.

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