By 2027 Wealthiest 1% Get Average Tax Cut of $34,000 and Poorest 20% Get $90


A 50-state analysis of the House tax plan released last week reveals that in New York State the wealthiest 1 percent of New Yorkers will receive the greatest share of the total tax cut in year one and their share would grow through 2027. Further, the value of the tax cut would decline over time for every income group in New York except the very richest.


House leadership continues to tout this tax proposal, which will increase the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next decade, as a plan to boost the middle class. But a closer examination of the bill’s provisions reveals that it is laser-focused on tax cuts for the nation’s highest earning households. The wealthiest New Yorkers share of New York’s tax cuts would grow over time due to phase-ins of tax cuts that mostly benefit the rich and the eventual elimination or erosion in value of provisions that benefit low- and middle-income taxpayers. For example, after five years, the bill eliminates a family credit worth $300 for each filer and non-dependents that benefits low- and middle-income families while fully repealing the estate tax in year six for the few very large estates subject to the tax.


More specifically, the 10-year outlook for the plan reveals that by 2027, the top 1 percent of households in New York share of the tax cut would increase from 18 percent in year one to 42 percent by 2027, for an average cut of $34,130 when fully phased in. Middle-income taxpayers’ average tax cut would erode from $650 in 2018 to $360 in 2027 and the poorest 20 percent’s average tax cut would decline from a mere $100 in 2018 to $90 in 2027.


“This bill may cut taxes for some low- and middle-income households though it also raises taxes on some of these families and still many see no benefit at all.  But let’s be clear: it is still the case that it will primarily benefit the wealthy, across the nation and in New York,” said Ron Deutsch, executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute. “What elected officials, whom we have sent to the nation’s Capitol to represent us, are saying is just as important as what they are not saying. These tax cuts that mostly benefit top earners will add to the nation’s annual deficits and come at the expense of low- and middle-income families who will likely lose more from cuts to education, health care, infrastructure and other public services than they gain from the small cuts they would receive.”


“This tax proposal would have a devastating impact on our communities. Not only would many of New York’s low and middle-income households see tax increases, they would also face catastrophic cuts to the human services programs they depend on, including cuts to job training, child care and food assistance. This bill makes America greedy; taking vital resources from those who need it while creating more income inequality across the nation,” said Allison Sesso, Executive Director, Human Services Council of New York.


“The House Tax Plan holds the greatest promise for not reducing inequality between the wealthiest and lowest income New Yorkers, but rather exacerbating it”, said Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO of FPWA. “Current analyses indicate the top 1% would hold onto an additional $34,000 annually while our poorest neighbors would have an average of just $100 more.  Furthermore, the House Plan is estimated to add more than a trillion dollars to the deficit over the next decade, which legislators would likely aim to curtail with cuts in vital human services, inflicting harm to those in need.”


This proposal, which increases the deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next ten years, should be scrapped and we should put these dollars to better use.  What might a better use of these funds support, $150 billion per year would roughly equal:


  • Doubling the Pell Grant program, which provides aid to low- and moderate-income college students; AND
  • Doubling cancer research at NIH; AND
  • Funding the full backlog of needed maintenance at National Parks; AND
  • Providing child care assistance to 6 million children; AND
  • Providing opioid addiction treatment to 300,000 people; AND
  • Training 3.5 million workers for in-demand jobs.


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New Data from FPI: Refugee Placement by Metro Area and Locality

November 6, 2017.

Until recently, refugee resettlement was something the United States took on quietly and with a justified sense of pride. Even as immigration policy became a controversial issue, refugee resettlement was generally kept out of the fray.

More recently, refugee resettlement has become a focus of uneasy attention. With the refugee ban that was implemented by the Trump administration in the beginning of his term and the decision to cut resettlement numbers in half, it is more important than ever to recognize the significant contributions that refugees make to the United States economy.

To understand where refugees are playing a role in the local economy, the Fiscal Policy Institute compiled data about where refugee resettlement has taken place over the past 10 years.

Data about refugee arrivals and placements has long been readily available at the state level. Researchers looking to compare refugee resettlement across localities, however, have faced challenges in finding the numbers. Below is a compilation that allows for comparisons across local areas. This is, as far as we know, the first time the local data has been compiled across all states, and the first time it has been aggregated by metro area.

















Above are the top 10 metro areas, ranked by the number of refugee placements over the past 10 years. Click below for:

* all metro areas ranked by number of refugees placed.

number of refugees placed in localities within the metro areas.

Metro areas, which include both central cities and their suburbs, are the geographical unit that allows for the most reasonable apples-to-apples comparison across the country. For this analysis the Fiscal Policy Institute uses the Metropolitan Statistical Areas as used by the Census Bureau.

It is nonetheless interesting to note the local areas in which refugees are placed. In looking at localities within the metro areas, note that the place recorded in the data refers to the location of the refugee resettlement agency. The refugees are likely settled within the metro area of the locality, but not necessarily within the locality itself.

By: Cyierra Roldan and David Dyssegaard Kallick


Sushi (Japanese) + immigrants (Burmese) = dream (American)

November 1, 2017. This article, which was also featured on the front page of The New York Times, tells the story of Gam Aung, a refugee from Burma that started his own sushi counters. Although he has not finished high school and not yet mastered the English language, he lives what he calls the “American Dream.” Many may not know that their sushi is in fact made by people from Burma, and assume the makers are Japanese. This article also highlights the success story of Philip Maung, who even through great obstacles, was able to overcome them and start a very successful sushi counter franchise with counters in 41 states and sales exceeding $140 million a year. He recruits other refugees to work for his sushi counters and creates opportunities for others by providing a two week training with a $10,000 investment requirement for those that want to run a sushi counter in his franchise.

Gam Aung, a Burmese refugee, had never heard of sushi before arriving in the United States three years ago. Today, he makes six figures a year hawking creations like the Dazzling Dragon roll and the Mango Tango.

Over two years, Mr. Aung, who never finished high school and is still working on his English, went from running one grocery-store sushi counter to three. Along the way, he saved enough for a $700,000 house and trained 10 fellow Burmese to follow in his footsteps.

“Sometimes one immigrant breaks through in a big way and creates opportunity for a lot of other people,” said David Dyssegaard Kallick, who studies immigrant entrepreneurship at the Fiscal Policy Institute in New York.

His only challenge is that “all the time I am training new people,” he said. “Because when Burmese know sushi, they want their own store.”

Here is the link to myAJC.

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