Experts: Studies Show Refugees are Key to Stabilizing Declining Rust Belt Cities Like Syracuse

October 26, 2017. This article discusses the Welcoming Economies Convening that was held in Syracuse, New York, a coalition of public and business leaders who are dedicated to resettling refugees. These organizations are aware of the economic contributions of refugees such as the reversal of population decline and job creation. These groups came together at the convening to discuss how to further accelerate and help grow their economic contributions.

Fiscal Policy Institute’s Immigration Research Director David Kallick.

“When we’re talking about growth, we have to talk about what kind of growth we want.  The constituency for what that shared prosperity looks like.  It’s not about turning one group against the other and saying, ‘oh it’s because of you that I’m not getting any,’ that’s just not been true over these last years.”

Here is the link to the article.

Groups Concerned about Healthcare Cuts

10/20/2017. Fiscal Policy Institutes Executive Director, Ron Deutsch, discusses how proposed federal budget cuts threaten healthcare. He and others rallied outside Glens Falls Hospital on Thursday to protest a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare.

“Congress has failed to renew funding for critical healthcare programs, which jeopardizes access to care for low- and middle-income residents and threatens hospitals across the state,” said Greenfield resident Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute executive director.”

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Federal Budget Cuts Will Hurt Children, Official Warns

October 18, 2017. FPI’s executive director, Ron Deutsch, discusses how proposed cuts in federal spending could seriously damage programs that help needy children and families in the Elmira area, where he was the keynote speaker for the annual State of the Child in Chemung County Breakfast. The gathering, sponsored by the Every Child Matters Coalition, took place at the Elmira Community Kitchen.

Deutsch told the group that New York relies heavily on federal dollars, and that proposed budget cuts, being discussed in Washington, could devastate programs aimed at children and families living in poverty. “In Chemung County, 15.8 percent of residents live in poverty. Twenty-two percent of children are in poverty,” Deutsch said. “In Elmira, 32 percent of residents are under the federal poverty level, and 42 percent of children are. That’s a lot of people living in poverty. What’s being proposed will only make things worse.”

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The Push for So Called “Free College”

October 18, 2017. In a radio interview with Sarah Schweinsberg, David Dyssegaard Kallick, FPI’s Deputy Director and Director of Immigration Research, discusses Governor Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship Program. Governor Cuomo expresses that college is a necessity. While people have praised the program, some have expressed concerns. It has been referred to as a last dollar grant, only covering what state and federal grants do not. This mostly helps middle class students, who do not qualify for programs helping low income families. This does not help with the challenges that low income families face with living costs.

David Dyssegaard Kallick from the New York Fiscal Policy Institute says, the program could have been structured to better help both middle class and low income students who need it most.

“I think it has been advertised as free tuition as if that is going to help lower income families and really that’s not the challenge for lower income families.”

Here is the link to the full radio interview on Overcast.

Tenney’s Vote for GOP Budget Draws Protest

October 16, 2017. Last week, a group of advocates and community organizers spoke out against the passage of the Republican House Budget Resolution in front of Congresswomen Claudia Tenney’s office in New Harford. Congresswoman Tenney voted in support of the Republican House Budget Resolution, which aims to slash government safety-net programs like Medicaid and SNAP. With cuts to entitlements in excess of over $1 trillion over a ten year period, it is likely that New York will face large holes in the state budget. Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, attended and spoke at the event.

“That is going to start blowing potential holes in our state budget,” said Ron Deutsch with the progressive-leaning think tank Fiscal Policy Institute in Albany. “That’s going to be really problematic for our state budget, which we already have a budget gap this year, so we’re going to have an even bigger problem filling the holes from the federal government.”

Click here to read the full article about the event.

Panel to Discuss State Convention

October, 16, 2017. A panel discussion on the November ballot question of whether New York should hold a constitutional convention will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave.

The event is presented by the Women’s Press Club of New York State and the League of Women Voters of Albany County.

Panelists will be Gerald Benjamin of the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz, and Ronald Deutsch, executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute in Latham. Susan Arbetter, host of the syndicated public radio program “The Capitol Pressroom,” will moderate.

Entrance is free, but donations are appreciated.

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Cap Concerns

October 11, 2017. In an article discussing the Trump administration’s decision to cut the number of refugee admissions in half, David Dyssegaard Kallick, FPI’s Deputy Director and Director of Immigration Research was quoted. Although the cap is not expected to greatly effect New York City, it is expected to effect the economies of upstate cities across New York State where refugees fill jobs, buy homes, start businesses and help reverse population decline.

Though the refugee cap is not expected to have a strong effect on New York City, advocates said that the order could strongly impact New York State, especially upstate cities.

Upstate New York represents 90 percent of refugee resettlement in the state, said David Dyssegaard Kallick, Deputy Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute.

“Housing costs are lower there, and resettlement agencies have track records of placing refugees in jobs upstate,” he explained.

Kallick said the influx of refugees helped rebuild major upstate cities like Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany, all of which suffered severe population decline over last generation.

Here is the link to The Bronx Free Press.

October 4, 2017: David Kallick

October 4, 2017. FPI’s David Dyseegaard Kallick discussed President Trump’s decision to cap the number of refugees to 45,000, the lowest number in years, on the Capitol Pressroom. David discusses refugees in upstate New York, where housing costs are lower and refugee resettlement agencies are successful with job placement. He discusses how the cap could possibly create vacant rental property and a decrease in commercial development in these upstate cities. He goes on to discuss the public perception that refugees are a drain to resources. He states that refugee workers are in jobs that are complimentary to U.S.-born jobs, not taking them, and that they do require initial costs for settlement but contribute to the economy and pay taxes once settled. In the interview, David also talks about the Trump Administration’s report on refugees, which was never released.


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Lower Refugee Quota Called a Blow to NY

October 4, 2017. This article discusses the Trump administration’s decision to cap the number of refugee arrivals to 45,000, the lowest cap since the resettlement process began. Alternatively, the administration believes that it will be more cost effective to provide services to them in their home country. The article goes on to discuss how refugees have helped with population decline in upstate New York cities and how they are important to the local economies.

President Trump announced last week that the United States will admit only 45,000 refugees in the coming year, the most restrictive limit since the resettlement program began.

Resettlement does require some initial investment of public dollars, but David Kallick, deputy director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, said refugees are playing a critical role in revitalizing upstate cities that have been in economic decline.

“Once they’re settled, they contribute like everyone else to the economy and to the tax base,” he said, “and refugee resettlement brings federal dollars to the region to offset those initial costs. So, for local governments, refugees are very real economic and fiscal contributors.”

Ninety-percent of refugees arriving in New York resettle in upstate communities.

Here is the link to the Public News Service.

After Health Care Bill Fails, NY Still Faces Questions

September 28, 2017. This article discusses the uncertainty surrounding the federal government and potential cuts to New York, which could run as high as $17 billion.

According to the article, The latest push to repeal and replace broad aspects of the Affordable Care Act has failed, at least for now. Advocates opposed to the bill aren’t sure they’ve heard the last from it. “This bill is a lot like Frankenstein’s monster,” said Ron Deutsch of the Fiscal Policy Institute. “It just requires another jolt of energy to revive it.”

Anxiety over the bill in New York stemmed in part from the proposed changes to the Medicaid program, capping spending and shifting benefits they say would have helped Republican states. Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week, meanwhile, opened the possibility to a special session of the Legislature given the uncertainty surrounding the federal government, saying the cuts to New York to health care and elsewhere could run as high as $17 billion.

“These are not going to be small. These are not going to be innocuous,” Cuomo said at an unrelated news conference on Wednesday. “These are going to be highly damaging and devastating.” New York’s budget already faces headwinds in 2018, including a deficit that needs to be closed just before lawmakers and the governor turn their attention to the campaign season.“We have no new state spending,” said the governor. “We’re looking at a $4 billion deficit going into next year. That is a big hole to fill. We need $4 billion just to get to zero.”

Added to the uncertainty is a renewed push for tax reform that could end state and local deductions, further impacting New York. “Just out of the gate, it seems ridiculous as a policy proposal,” said Strong Economy For All Executive Director Michael Kink. “There are specific provisions that are particularly threatening to New York.”

And that’s leading some on the left to once again call for tax increases to help close the gap. “We’re going to have to eliminate the state spending cap and we’re also going to have to look for ways to raise revenue,” Deutsch said.

Full Article: NY State of Politics

Video: Spectrum Local News


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