Testimony: The Establishment of a New York City Retirement Security Board

June 23, 2015. James Parrott testified at a New York City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor on the establishment of a New York City Retirement Security Board. The case for a retirement security fund and program for private-sector workers can be summed up as follows: New York City’s population is aging, many private sector workers do not have employer-provided retirement coverage, and our tax system rewards those who have employer-provided retirement coverage but does relatively little to help those who don’t have such coverage. Since most of those without employer-provided retirement security tend to be from low- and moderate-income households and disproportionately persons of color, our existing and troubling income disparities are further intensified by retirement security disparities.

Addressing the Unintended Consequences of the Property Tax Cap

June 10, 2015. In 2011 New York established a property tax cap for school districts, counties and municipalities. New York should proceed cautiously before making the cap permanent in order to gather more information on the impact of the cap. Increasing state funding of services like education, healthcare or providing targeted property tax relief such as a circuit breaker credit would be more effective and efficient ways to address high property taxes. But short of eliminating the cap, here are some ways to mitigate some pressing problems with the cap as currently designed.

  • The cap should allow at least 2 percent growth in the base property tax levy and more if inflation increases in the future.
  • The cap should be adjusted for costs related to increased enrollment in schools by including a student growth index that is similar to the tax base growth factor.
  • New York should allow more carryover of unused space under the cap and allow schools and localities to “bank” any carryover for future use.
  • The cap should be adjusted to allow localities to raise the revenue needed to address the effects of natural disasters like floods and storms.
  • The current cap override provisions should be changed to allow for a simple majority override as most states with limits do.
  • The override procedure should be modified so that the fallback in the case of disapproval is not a levy freeze for school districts. Voters could choose between a school basic budget based on a cap-compliant increase in the levy and one with a larger increase.
  • The cap should exclude the capital improvement expenditures of local governments and school district costs for improvements to BOCES facilities.

For more details on these proposals see the full report (PDF).

PDF of this Summary

Comments Provided to the New York Fast Food Wage Board

June 1, 2015. FPI played an important role in the efforts to convince the New York Fast Food Wage Board in June and July 2015 to recommend a $15 wage floor for 136,000 workers in large fast-food chains. FPI materials include the following:

Testimony at the Buffalo hearing of the Fast Food Wage Board, June 5, 2015

Supplemental comments to the Fast Food Wage Board, June 26, 2015

Op-ed, “Boosting the Wages of Fast-Food Workers Will Help the Economy,” in the July 20, 2015 Albany Times Union

Table showing faster growth in fast-food employment in all parts of New York State (Upstate, Downstate suburbs, New York City) than at the national level, 2007-2014

Testimony on Increasing the Minimum Wage in the Fast-Food Industry

June 5, 2015. James Parrott presented testimony to the New York State Department of Labor Wage Board hearing on increasing the minimum wage in the fast-food industry.

Fast-food is a highly profitable and fast-growing industry. Fast-food employment has risen across New York, adding significantly to the growing problem of low-wages that are far from adequate in allowing a worker to meet basic family budget needs. A significant portion of fast-food workers are trying to raise families, but more than two out of every five workers in this industry live in or near poverty. Not surprisingly, 60 percent of New York’s fast-food workers rely on one or more forms of public benefits to supplement their meager fast-food earnings. As a result of this cost-shifting, taxpayers shoulder over $900 million in public costs that essentially amounts to a subsidy to fast-food’s low-wage business model.

In light of these facts, it would be sound public policy for New York State to phase in a $15 an hour minimum wage for the fast-food industry. Considerable economically sound research supports the conclusion that the industry can accommodate such an increase. A higher wage floor would generate significant cost savings due to reduced turnover and there is room for modest price increases to ease the adjustment without jeopardizing overall employment levels or profitability.[1] Moreover, a $15 fast-food wage floor would boost consumer spending and reduce poverty, and would have positive overall economic consequences throughout New York State.

PDF of Testimony


[1] See, e.g., Robert Pollin and Jeannette Wicks-Lim, A $15 U.S. Minimum Wage: How the Fast-Food Industry Could Adjust Without Shedding Jobs, University of Massachusetts Political Economy Research Institute, January 2015.

New Americans on Long Island: A Vital Fifth of the Economy

June 2, 2015. There are 526,000 immigrants living on Long Island, making up 18 percent of the region’s population and 20 percent of the economic output of Long Islanders, according to a study released today by the Fiscal Policy Institute, New Americans on Long Island: A Vital Fifth of the Economy.

Half of immigrants overall (51 percent) work in white-collar jobs, the study found, and the large majority (61 percent) live in families earning over $80,000 a year. Immigrants represent significant numbers of the people in more highly paid jobs such as professionals (23 percent), technicians (24 percent), and registered nurses pharmacists and health therapists (23 percent), as well as significant numbers in less well-paid jobs such as construction laborers (32 percent), food preparation services workers (33 percent), and sales clerks and cashiers (21 percent).

The report also includes tabulations of a Migration Policy Institute analysis estimating the number of unauthorized immigrants on Long Island to be 98,000—48,000 in Nassau and 50,000 in Suffolk. The analysis shows that a quarter of unauthorized immigrants work in construction and the other three quarters work in jobs from food services to retail to child care and more.

This report updates our 2011 report, New Americans on Long Island: A Vital Sixth of the Economy.

Click here for the full report, and here for the press release.

Property Tax Relief for Low- and Middle-Income Property New Yorkers Must Remain a Priority

May 27, 2015. This report details the stark differences between the circuit breaker relief proposals advanced by the Governor and Assembly versus the flawed STAR rebate plan the Senate proposed. The report shows that both programs would provide some property tax relief but the circuit breaker credits are superior to STAR rebates in many ways. For example:

  • Circuit breakers would address a serious shortcoming of the property tax—that payments are not linked to the taxpayers’ ability to pay. STAR rebates are the same regardless of income and home value.
  • STAR rebates would apply only to homeowners. A circuit breaker would also help renters, recognizing that they pay the landlord’s property taxes indirectly through rent payments. More low-income New Yorkers rent than own their homes and renters would not be eligible.
  • Because it is pegged to income, the circuit breaker would provide meaningful property tax relief to those homeowners and renters who need it most. The STAR rebate, in contrast, would provide tax cuts to more homeowners but they would be considerably smaller.

PDF of Full Report

PDF of Press Release

Media Coverage of Immigrant Main Street Businesses Report

Media coverage of our report on immigrant-owned Main Street businesses has been hard to keep up with.

Below is a listing of what we’ve been able to track so far.

 

The Wall Street Journal

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Prosper on Main Street

http://www.wsj.com/articles/immigrant-entrepreneurs-prosper-on-main-street-1421195826

01/13/2014

In the U.S. from 2000 to 2013, including in 31 of the 50 largest metro areas, immigrants accounted for all the growth in so-called Main Street businesses, according to a new study based on analysis of census data. Such firms are grouped in three categories: lodging and food, retail and neighborhood services such as dry cleaning and beauty salons. Immigrants made up nearly one out of three owners of these small, independent businesses in 2013, said the report jointly prepared by the nonpartisan Fiscal Policy Institute and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas. That year, immigrants were 13% of the U.S. population and 16% of its labor force.

“These are businesses that don’t often get a lot of attention from economic development officials, and don’t have huge profits. But they play a big role in neighborhood revitalization, and they can be an important economic step up for the entrepreneurs,” said David Kallick, author of the report.

 

The Wall Street Journal (2)

Obama Immigration Budget Underscores Deep Division with GOP

http://www.wsj.com/articles/obama-immigration-budget-underscores-deep-division-with-gop-1422916192

02/02/2015

 

The Tennessean (Front Page Story)

Immigrant entrepreneurs boost ‘main streets’ in Nashville

http://www.tennessean.com/story/money/2015/01/14/immigrant-entrepreneurs-boost-main-streets-nashville/21723951/

01/14/2015

Nashville immigrants have made a significant contribution to the local economy, especially through an outsized presence among local “main street” businesses, according to a new report by the Fiscal Policy Institute, a New York-based nonpartisan research nonprofit. In the larger Nashville metro area, immigrants account for 8 percent of the population and 9 percent of business owners, yet they make up a disproportionate 29 percent of Main Street business owners.

“Immigrants have been an important part of the growth,” said David Dyssegaard Kallick, director of Immigration Research Initiative at the Fiscal Policy Institute. “They are employing people in restaurants and retail stores … and they also play an important role in establishing the character of a neighborhood and helping neighborhood economic growth.”

 

The Tennessean (2)

Four Immigrant Business Owners Took Chances to Find Success

http://www.tennessean.com/story/money/2015/01/14/immigrant-business-owners-took-chances-find-success/21724707/

01/14/2015

 

The Tennessean (3)

Obama Official Promotes SBA’s Bilingual Approach

http://www.tennessean.com/story/money/2015/04/23/obama-official-visits-nashville-promotes-immigrant-entrepreneurs/26263701/

04/24/2015

 

Philadelphia Inquirer

Many ways to help immigrant businesses, report says

http://articles.philly.com/2015-01-15/news/58071102_1_west-philadelphia-welcoming-center-immigrant-businesses

01/15/2015

 

Minneapolis Post

How immigrants in the Twin Cities build the economy — and revitalize neighborhoods

http://www.minnpost.com/community-sketchbook/2015/01/how-immigrants-twin-cities-build-economy-and-revitalize-neighborhoods

01/31/2015

 

St. Paul Pioneer Press Online

Rubén Rosario: Down on Main Street, they’re still building America

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_27337777/down-main-st-theyre-still-building

01/19/2015

 

Twin Cities Business

How Immigrants In The Twin Cities Build The Economy—And Revitalize Neighborhoods

http://tcbmag.com/News/News-Elsewhere/How-Immigrants-In-The-Twin-Cities-Build-The-Econom

01/31/2015

 

New York Daily News

‘Hate’ on Capitol Hill hurts immigrants on ‘Main Street’

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/hate-capitol-hill-hurts-immigrants-main-street-article-1.2080023

01/18/2015

 

The Week Magazine

How Immigration Reform Would Affect Small Businesses

http://theweek.com/articles/546332/how-immigration-reform-affect-small-businesses

03/26/2015

 

Fusion

3 cities where immigrants helped save Main Street

http://fusion.net/story/38313/3-cities-where-immigrants-helped-save-main-street/

01/13/2015

South Philadelphia’s Italian Market has long been the go-to spot for pasta and cannoli. But in the past two decades, a new set of business owners have moved into the neighborhood, bringing Mexican, Vietnamese and Korean food with them.

The transformation follows a national trend: new immigrants are increasingly becoming the face of community businesses across the country and, in some cases, a lifeline for dying neighborhoods.

Nationally, immigrants make up 13 percent of the population, but represent an outsized 28 percent of Main Street business owners, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the Fiscal Policy Institute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crain’s New York Business

Report: Immigrant biz powered NYC’s comeback

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20150114/BLOGS04/150119958/report-immigrant-biz-powered-nycs-comeback

01/14/2015

 

The Miami Herald

Report shines light on role of immigrant-owned small businesses

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article6489738.html

01/14/2015

 

NBC News Latino

Most Main Street Growth Due To Immigrant-Owned Businesses

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/most-main-street-growth-due-immigrant-businesses-n286071

 

Governing

State Recognizing the Value of New Americans

http://www.governing.com/gov-institute/funkhouser/gov-cities-recognizing-immigrants-value.html

March 2015

 

Univisión

Main Street prospera gracias a los inmigrantes, según estudio

http://www.wunitv.com/2015/01/14/main-street-prospera-gracias-a-los-inmigrantes-segun-estudio/

01/14/2015

 

Telemundo

Main Street prospera gracias a los inmigrantes, según estudio

http://www.telemundoatlanta.com/1829_nacional/2880452_main-street-prospera-gracias-a-los-inmigrantes-segun-estudio.html

01/14/2015

 

El País

Los nuevos dueños de la calle en Estados Unidos

http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2015/01/17/actualidad/1421514411_549617.html

01/18/2015

Country: Spain

 

Buffalo News

New Businesses Follow Refugees Settling in Buffalo Neighborhoods

http://www.buffalonews.com/business/prospectus/new-businesses-follow-refugees-settling-in-buffalo-neighborhoods-20150125

01/25/2015

 

Animal Político

Los migrantes se hacen del comercio

http://www.animalpolitico.com/blogueros-lo-que-quiso-decir/2015/01/27/los-migrantes-se-hacen-del-comercio/

01/27/2015

 

Washington Times

Many Ways to Help Immigrant Businesses

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/19/report-many-ways-to-help-immigrant-businesses/

01/19/2015

 

The Wall Street Journal Americas

Los pequeños comercios en EE.UU. crecen gracias a los inmigrantes

http://lat.wsj.com/articles/SB11494047553488434070004580399842969736612

01/13/2014

 

FOX News Latino

Main Street prospera gracias a los inmigrantes, según estudio

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/espanol/2015/01/14/main-street-prospera-gracias-los-inmigrantes-segun-estudio/

01/14/2015

 

Globo Online

Imigrantes são os novos donos dos pequenos negócios dos Estados Unidos

http://oglobo.globo.com/mundo/imigrantes-sao-os-novos-donos-dos-pequenos-negocios-dos-estados-unidos-15106210

01/21/2015

 

Latin Times

Pequeños negocios de inmigrantes impulsan el crecimiento local en EU

http://www.latintimes.com/pequenos-negocios-de-inmigrantes-impulsan-el-crecimiento-local-en-eu-288481

01/15/2015

 

Washington Times Inside

Report: Many ways to help immigrant businesses

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/19/report-many-ways-to-help-immigrant-businesses/?page=all

01/19/2015

 

The Oregonian

Immigration Keeps the United States Going (Guest Editorial)

http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/02/immigration_keeps_the_united_s.html

02/07/2015

 

Moving America Forward

How New Americans Are Shoring Up America’s Economy

http://nationswell.com/study-finds-immigrants-start-businesses-buy-houses/

01/30/2015

 

Excelsior.com.mx

900,000 extranjeros “dueños de la economía estadunidense”; Alejandro Valenzuela a Banco Azteca; Jeef Bezos, 250 mdd en Amazon

http://www.dineroenimagen.com/2015-01-24/49778

01/24/2015

Country: Mexico

 

Huffinton Post

The Entrepreneurial Advantage

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/patrick-daniel/the-entrepreneurial-advan_b_6458252.html

1/15/2015

 

El País Uruguay

La inmigración en Estados Unidos, los nuevos dueños de la economía

http://www.elpais.com.uy/economia-y-mercado/inmigracion-estados-unidos-nuevos-duenos.html

01/26/2015

 

Raza

Los inmigrantes son claves para el repunte económico – laraza.com

http://www.laraza.com/negocioscomercio/article/20150130/Los-inmigrantes-son-claves-para-el-repunte-economico&timediff=0

01/30/2015

 

Think Progress

Group Invokes Martin Luther King Jr. To Push Anti-Immigrant Message

http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2015/01/17/3612846/martin-luther-king-jr-day-anti-immigration-ad/

01/17/2015

 

Impacto

Nuevo informe revela el importante aporte de los inmigrantes a la economía nacional

http://www.impactony.com/nuevo-informe-revela-el-importante-aporte-de-los-inmigrantes-a-la-economia-nacional/

01/29/2015

 

New Haven Register

Immigrant-Owned Businesses Help Shape Local Economy

http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20150502/immigrant-owned-businesses-help-shape-local-economy-communities-in-greater-new-haven

05/02/2015

 

Mundo Ejecutivo Express

Extranjeros, “dueños de la economía estadounidense”

http://mundoejecutivoexpress.mx/opinion/vivencias/2015/01/29/extranjeros-duenos-economia-estadounidense

01/29/2015

 

CourierPost Online

Diversity extends to business as immigrants open up shop

http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2015/01/26/diversity-extends-business-immigrants-open-shop/22335053/

01/28/2015

 

WFMZ Television, Allentown PA

Immigrants more likely than US born to own a small business

http://www.wfmz.com/news/news-regional-lehighvalley/immigrants-more-likely-than-us-born-to-own-a-small-business/30747120

01/15/2015

 

Radio La Primerisima

Migrantes, cruciales para la vitalidad económica

http://www.radiolaprimerisima.com/noticias/inmigrantes/177444/migrantes-cruciales-para-la-vitalidad-economica

01/28/2015

Country: Nicaragua

 

Contra Punto

Los migrantes se hacen del comercio

http://www.contrapunto.com.sv/opinion/columnistas/los-migrantes-se-hacen-del-comercio

01/27/2015

 

South Coast Today

Immigrants fundamental to Main Street business, study shows

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20150121/NEWS/150129772/101234

01/21/2015

 

Radio La Primerisima

Pequeñas empresas de inmigrantes se extienden por toda la Unión Americana

http://www.radiolaprimerisima.com/noticias/inmigrantes/177078/pequenas-empresas-de-inmigrantes-se-extienden-por-toda-la-union-americana

01/21/2015

Country: Nicaragua

 

Noticia

Los inmigrantes transforman y revitalizan las ciudades

http://lanoticia.com/Edicion%20875/opinion.htm

01/21/2015

 

NSSOAXACA.COM

Los nuevos dueños de la calle en Estados Unidos

http://nssoaxaca.com/internacional/18-america/110263-los-nuevos-duenos-de-la-calle-en-estados-unidos

01/20/2015

Country: Mexico

 

Radio La Primerisima

Pequeños negocios de inmigrantes se extienden por todo EEUU

http://www.radiolaprimerisima.com/noticias/inmigrantes/177036/pequenos-negocios-de-inmigrantes-se-extienden-por-todo-eeuu

01/20/2015

Country: Nicaragua

 

The Epoch Times

美移民企业家迅速增长 推动经济发展(US immigrant entrepreneurs to promote economic development in the rapidly growing)

http://www.epochtimes.com/gb/15/1/29/n4354619.htm%E7%BE%8E%E7%A7%BB%E6%B0%91%E4%BC%81%E4%B8%9A%E5%AE%B6%E8%BF%85%E9%80%9F%E5%A2%9E%E9%95%BF-%E6%8E%A8%E5%8A%A8%E7%BB%8F%E6%B5%8E%E5%8F%91%E5%B1%95.html

01/20/2015

 

Shukan NY Seikatsu

美移民企业家迅速增长 推动经济发展(US immigrant entrepreneurs to promote economic development)

http://www.nyseikatsu.com/editions/522/index.html

01/20/2015

 

SF Gate

Report: Many ways to help immigrant businesses

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Report-Many-ways-to-help-immigrant-businesses-6025131.php

01/19/2015

 

Dirigentes Digital

La inmigración, discreta fuerza emprendedora en Estados Unidos – Dirigentes Digital

http://www.dirigentesdigital.com/articulo/mercados/eeuu/218948/inmigracion/discreta/fuerza/emprendedora/estados/unidos.html

01/19/2015

Country: Spain

 

Nacional Online

Miles dominicanos EEUU alerta con envío doble citas

http://elnacional.com.do/miles-dominicanos-eeuu-alerta-con-envio-doble-citas/

01/16/2014

 

IT Business Net

Immigrants more likely than US born to own a small business

http://www.itbusinessnet.com/article/-Immigrants-more-likely-than-US-born-to-own-a-small-business-3703846

01/16/2015

 

Architecture Lab

3 cities where immigrants helped save Main Street – Architecture Lab

http://architecturelab.net/3-cities-where-immigrants-helped-save-main-street/

01/16/2015

Country: Lebanon

 

Corporate Media News

Immigrants more likely than US born to own a small business

http://corporatemedianews.digitalmedianet.com/article/-Immigrants-more-likely-than-US-born-to-own-a-small-business-3703846

01/16/2015

 

Sina News

移民占纽约人口37% 被指对城市经济发展影响积极 (37% of the population of New York City Economic Development alleged impact on immigrants accounted for positive)

http://news.sina.com.cn/o/2015-01-15/095831402417.shtml

01/15/2015

 

pressetext

Small Businesses: Ausländer möbeln US-Städte auf

http://www.pressetext.com/news/20150115003

01/15/2015

 

NC Policy Watch

Immigrant business-owners are essential to main street

http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2015/01/15/immigrant-business-owners-are-essential-to-main-street/

01/15/2015

 

Resources for Entrepreneurs

Immigrants Are Driving Main Street Business Growth

http://www.gaebler.com/News/Small-Business-Startup/Immigrants-Are-Driving-Main-Street-Business-Growth-900000793.htm

01/15/2015

 

The Progressive Pulse

Immigrant Business Owners Are Essential to Main Street

http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2015/01/15/immigrant-business-owners-are-essential-to-main-street/

01/15/2015

 

The Telegram, Worcester, MA

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Prospering on Main Street

http://www.telegram.com/article/20150215/NEWS/302159953/1237

02/15/2015

 

Radio La Primerisima

Inmigrantes controlan varios giros de negocios como gasolineras y tintorerías

http://www.radiolaprimerisima.com/noticias/inmigrantes/176792/inmigrantes-controlan-varios-giros-de-negocios-como-gasolineras-y-tintorerias

01/15/2015

 

Pregonero

Main Street prospera gracias a los inmigrantes

http://www.elpreg.org/Content/Noticias/Inmigracion/Article/Main-Street-prospera-gracias-a-los-inmigrantes/4/61/8860

01/15/2015

 

Radio La Primerisima

Estudio revela que Main Street prospera gracias a los migrantes

http://www.radiolaprimerisima.com/noticias/inmigrantes/176791/estudio-revela-que-main-street-prospera-gracias-a-los-migrantes

01/15/2015

 

The Weekly Standard

Immigration Advocates, Opponents – and Hypocrites

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/immigration-advocates-opponents-and-hypocrites_823893.html

Date: 01/17/2015

 

Televisa Mexico

Main Street prospera gracias a los migrantes: estudio

http://noticieros.televisa.com/us/estados-unidos/1501/main-street-prospera-gracias-migrantes-estudio/

01/14/2015

 

Yahoo! Noticias Argentina

Inmigrantes controlan varios giros de negocios en EUA: informe

https://ar.noticias.yahoo.com/inmigrantes-controlan-giros-negocios-eua-informe-164312918.html

01/14/2015

 

Main Street prospera gracias a los inmigrantes, según estudio

http://www.laprensasa.com/25_hispanos/2880451_main-street-prospera-gracias-a-los-inmigrantes-segun-estudio.html

01/14/2015

 

NewsHub

Report shines light on role of immigrant-owned small businesses

https://us.newshub.org/report-shines-light-role-immigrant-owned-small-businesses-9501648.html

01/14/2015

 

Planetizen

Three Cities Where New Immigrants Revitalized Main Street

http://www.planetizen.com/node/73273

01/14/2015

 

Alianza Metropolitan News

Main Street prospera gracias a los inmigrantes, según estudio

http://noticias.alianzanews.com/1829_usa-hispanos/2880452_main-street-prospera-gracias-a-los-inmigrantes-segun-estudio.html

01/14/2015

 

Guia Gratuita

Main Street prospera gracias a los inmigrantes, según estudio

http://www.laguiagratuita.com/1829_usa-hispanos/2880452_main-street-prospera-gracias-a-los-inmigrantes-segun-estudio.html

01/14/2015

Statement on Mayor’s Budget Commitment to Increase Wages for Low-wage Nonprofit Social Sector Workers

May 8, 2015.

Contact: James Parrott, Deputy Director, Fiscal Policy Institute, 212-721-5624

“The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) and the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) applaud the Mayor for including in his Executive Budget a first-ever $11.50 per hour wage floor for the City’s contracted social service workforce. FPWA and FPI have been advocating for this important commitment over the past year. This will mean a big earnings boost for 10,000 workers whose wages currently average less than $10.00 per hour. These front-line workers, many of whom live in poverty or near-poverty conditions, provide early childhood education, foster care, afterschool programs, senior case management, housing services, and other vital programs for vulnerable populations. This wage increase is an important first step in ensuring a living wage for this essential workforce. In addition, we are encouraged by the inclusion of a 2.5% cost of living adjustment for social service workers, and commend the Human Services Council (HSC) for leading the advocacy community in this effort. We are also heartened to see the inclusion of $5 million to develop a Career Pathways System for the social services sector that will at long-last provide real opportunities for these dedicated workers to advance up a career ladder.

These essential investments reflect Mayor de Blasio’s profound commitment to further improve the quality of social services and make progress toward reducing poverty and income inequality.”

FPI’s work on this campaign has been supported by the New York Community Trust.

PDF of Statement

Obama Official Promotes SBA’s Bilingual Approach

April 24, 2015. The head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Maria Contreras-Sweet, visited Nashville to promote an initiative aimed at helping immigrant entrepreneurs this week. An article in The Tennessean referred to a study by the Fiscal Policy Institute’s Immigration Research Initiative that examined the role of immigrants in Main Street business ownership, and highlighted Nashville as one of three case study cities, including a focus on the Conexión Americas program featured in the article.

Contreras-Sweet visited Nashville and Conexion Americas four months after Obama made a similar trip concerning immigration reform. Both pointed to strides the city has made in welcoming its rapidly growing immigrant population, which plays a significant role in the city’s economy. According to a recent Fiscal Policy Institute study, immigrants make up 29 percent of main street business owners in Nashville.

Real Living Wage NYC Educational Breakfast Forum

April 23, 2015, Manhattan. James Parrott delivered this presentation at the Community Church of New York for the Real Living Wage NYC Educational Forum, a gathering of New York City faith leaders committed to a “faith-based movement for racial and economic justice.

Parrott uses the 2014 NYC Self-Sufficiency Standard as a basis for identifying a “real living wage” level for New York City.

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