The impact of the New York State budget on local governments

February 29, 2012, Albany. Frank Mauro of the Fiscal Policy Institute and Robert Ward of the Rockefeller Institute spoke at a meeting of city, county and village managers from throughout New York State hosted by the New York State City/County Management Association.

Which workers will benefit, if the New York minimum wage is raised to $8.50 an hour?

February 17, 2012. This brief estimates how many workers will benefit (a million!) and breaks down the data by demographic category. It shows how many live in New York City, versus how many live in the NYC suburbs and upstate, and also includes an estimate of the positive job creation impact of an increase in the minimum wage. The brief is part of the Numbers that Count series, in which FPI presents and analyzes new data on New York’s economy.

Blacks and Hispanics bear the brunt of the continuing unemployment crisis – in New York and across the country

February 16, 2012. New data show that New York’s black and Hispanic workers have been hit especially hard by joblessness during the recession and the weak recovery. According to a report released today by the Economic Policy Institute, No relief in 2012 for high unemployment for African Americans and Latinos, New York is one of 14 states with double digit unemployment rates for both blacks and Hispanics. Press release with New York figures>>

Training on Immigration and the Economy

February 15, 2012, Old Westbury. This training with David Dyssegaard Kallick prepared advocates to host their own presentations related to the economic research in the report New Americans on Long Island: A Vital Sixth of the Economy. Topics included how to construct a presentation, how to effectively address an audience, and how to become comfortable talking about economics, with or without previous experience with the subject.

Testimony at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal – Human Services

February 13, 2012. Submitted by Carolyn Boldiston, FPI’s Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst. Testimony includes: trends in public assistance participation and poverty in New York State, a review of New York’s historical utilization of the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, a review of the impact of the TANF Contingency Fund and Emergency Contingency Fund on TANF funding and spending in New York State, and recommendations for the 2012-2013 state fiscal year.

N.Y. minimum wage doesn’t stretch as far as it used to

February 12, 2012. An op ed by Frank Mauro, Poughkeepsie Journal.

Transfer Authority: The Governor and the New York State Budget

February 8, 2012. WBAI Evening News: Andrea Sears of WBAI interviews FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro, about the provision that Governor Cuomo has included in his 2012-2013 State Operations and Capital Projects appropriations bills, proposing to give unprecedented powers to the Governor’s Budget Director to redirect funds from many state agency appropriations to other agencies and public authorities, even off-budget public authorities. The interview with Mauro is 6.5 minutes long and starts at 3:28 of this clip from the WBAI Evening News. It follows a related interview with Roger Downs of the Sierra Club.

Testimony on the 2012-2013 Executive Budget

February 6, 2012. Testimony presented by Frank Mauro, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute,to the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways & Means Committees’ Public Hearing on the 2012-2013 Executive Budget.

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