Immigration Reform Forum in Patchogue

March 13, 2013. A forum in Patchogue on immigration reform, sponsored by the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, at the church that played an important role after the killing of Marcelo Lucero.

A forum on the economic benefits of immigration reform will be taking place at the Congregational Church of Patchogue Monday morning at 10:30 a.m.

…panelists include Congressman Tim Bishop and representatives from Long Island Association, Long Island Federation of Labor, Long Island Farm Bureau, Local 32BJ (SEIU) and Local 1102 (RWDSU).

The forum is being hosted by David Dyssegaard Kaillick of the Fiscal Policy Institute.

Governor Still Refuses to Say Whether He Will Support Funding For NYS DREAM Act in 2014 Budget

March 13, 2013. Albor Ruiz writes in the Daily News about the NYS DREAM Legislation.

Citing a study by the Fiscal Policy Institute that affirms that bachelor’s degree holders pay an additional $3,900 in annual state taxes, the legislators assured Cuomo that TAP funding for the undocumented would more than pay for itself within six years.

“The New York State DREAM Act is the smartest, soundest investment that we can possibly make in workforce development and our state’s future,” the senators said.

Note that about 5,500 undocumented students would benefit from the NYS DREAM Legislation, according to FPI’s analysis. The article mentions 200,000 students in this context; we are looking into what that may refer to.

Job Center Helps Immigrant Workers As They Await Reform

March 13, 2013. An article in the Brooklyn Ink talks about a community jobs center.

Immigration reform could resolve these issues, and also benefit the national economy, if its 1986 incarnation is any indication.

“Immigrants who’d previously been undocumented were able to move to jobs suited to their abilities, invest in education, and increase their wages,” said David Dyssegaard Kallick, a senior fellow at Fiscal Policy Institute. Reform would also create a more level playing field for employers of low-wage workers, he said, some of who lower their business costs by hiring undocumented workers.

But allowing immigrants to meet every demand of the labor market might not be the optimal solution.

“You want some pressure for wages and labor force participation to rise, and pressure to invest in education if there aren’t enough architects or engineers, for example,” Kallick said. “You need a balance.”

$9 with indexing adds hundreds of millions of dollars more in consumer spending and more jobs

March 13, 2013. A report by the National Employment Law Project and the Fiscal Policy Institute shows the dangers of watering down the $9.00 plus indexing minimum wage proposal, which has the backing of most New Yorkers and majorities in both the Senate and the Assembly.  The report details the greater benefits for workers and the state economy from an increase to $9.00 an hour with indexing compared to the proposal for an $8.75 an hour increase without indexing:

  • $9.00 plus indexing would boost the state’s economy by $1.2 billion in the first year. A weaker deal such as $8.75 without indexing would generate $840 million in new economic activity, $360 million less, by contrast.
  • Plus, indexing the minimum each year for the change in the cost of living would also mean an added boost in spending each future year as compared to the $8.75 proposal without indexing.
  • $9.00 plus indexing would support the creation of 10,200 full-time jobs, and more in subsequent years. $8.75 without indexing would generate just 7,300 jobs — 2,900 fewer jobs in the first year.
  • A full-time minimum wage worker would earn $520 less in 2014, $936 less in 2015, $1,352 less in 2016, and approximately an additional $400 less each successive year under a weaker deal such as $8.75 without indexing, than under $9.00 with indexing.
  • An estimated 1.7 million low-paid workers – more than one out of every five New Yorkers – would receive a pay raise if the minimum wage is raised to $9.00 and then indexed.
  • $9.00 plus indexing is a smaller increase (24%) than New York’s last minimum wage boost approved in 2004 (39%).  An increase today comparable to that achieved by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate President Joe Bruno in 2004 would entail raising New York’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

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“No Irish Need Apply” Couldn’t Stop Them

March 12, 2013. A Fox News online opinion piece linking immigration reform to St. Patrick’s Day.

The Fiscal Policy Institute analyzed data from U.S. Census’ American Community Survey and found that 18% of small businesses in the U.S. are owned by immigrants, up from 12% in 1990.  The latest census figures available show that immigrants comprise 13% of the U.S. population and that the majority of these small business owners do not have college degrees.  In New York, 36% of small businesses are owned by immigrants, including myself.  Miami and Los Angeles have the highest share of immigrant-owned businesses.

DREAMers: Undocumented Unafraid and Unapologetic

March 11, 2013. A Legislative Gazette article about the New York State DREAM Act as it advances in the legislature.

A recent report by the Fiscal Policy Institute found that passing the legislation will reap a large economic benefit to the state as college graduates typically earn an additional $25,000 a year, which, in return, means $3,900 more per year, per student, in state and local taxes.

An analysis by the Fiscal Policy Institute also concluded that the DREAM legislation would increase the cost of the state’s Tuition Assistance Program by $17 million, which represents 2 percent of the current TAP expenditures.

…According to the Fiscal Policy Institute, if the DREAM Act was to be financed through the state income tax it would only cost a typical taxpayer, who has an adjusted gross annual income of $45,000 to $49,999, 87 cents per year, “less than the price of a donut.”

Urgen dar prioridad al ‘Acta del Sueño’

March 11, 2013. El Diario reports on a demonstration urging New York State legislators and governor to make the NYS DREAM Act a priority.

Según un reporte del Instituto de Política Fiscal, de aprobarse esta ley, unos 5,500 estudiantes indocumentados que son elegibles, podrán tener acceso al Programa de Asistencia Educativa, que es financiado por el Estado.

Different View of NY’s Inequality Numbers

March 11, 2013. A letter to the editor by James Parrott, Crain’s New York Business.

Greg David’s March 4 column (“Inequality debate doesn’t reflect reality”) could have been titled “Economists agree NYC’s inequality is very high and poverty is up; some think it’s a problem.”

Fiscal Policy Institute reports have documented this reality: The local economy has fared better than the nation overall in the recovery, yet inflation-adjusted median incomes here have plummeted by 8%, more than for the U.S. overall, and poverty has increased as much here as for the nation overall.

Also, income polarization has soared over the past 30 years even more in the city than for the nation overall. Nothing in the New York City Economic Development Corp. (EDC) report that Mr. David cites suggests otherwise.

Nueva York todavía “sueña” con el Dream Act

March 10, 2013. A report in El Diario about activism around the NYS DREAM Act.

Según un reporte del Instituto de Política Fiscal, de aprobarse esta ley, unos 5,500 estudiantes indocumentados que sean elegibles, podrán tener acceso al Programa de Asistencia Educativa, que es financiado por el Estado.
Javier Valdés, de Se Hace Camino Nueva York, organización que ha liderado la lucha a favor del Dream Act estatal, dijo que es de vital importancia que el Senado Estatal incluya fondos para el Dream Act en el presupuesto como lo hizo la Asamblea, “para que el programa de becas incluya a los estudiantes indocumentados y no afecte a los demás estudiantes”.

A Better Choice Budget for New York State

March 9, 2013, Poughkeepsie. A Better Choice Budget Forum was held on Saturday morning, March 9, 2013 at 11 am at the Holy Light Pentecostal Church at 33 South Clover Street in Poughkeepsie. Speakers included Poughkeepsie Common Councilmember Ann Perry, Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner, long-time community activist Mae Parker-Harris and FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro.

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