Nicole Woo, John Whiteley, Susan Antos

August 5, 2010. Nicole Woo, Director of Domestic Policy for the Center for Economic and Policy Research, discussed the work of President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and the recommendations that this commission is considering in the name of “reforming” the Social Security system. Nicole also discussed the remarks that she would be making later that day at a briefing being presented by the Older Women’s Economic Security Task Force of the National Council of Women’s Organizations and Social Security Matters on “Making the Case Against Raising the Retirement Age.” New report on the retirement age released at this briefing >>

John Whiteley, a retired diplomat and Legislative Liaison for the New York State Property Tax Reform Coalition discussed his analysis of the property tax situation in New York State and two recent articles that he has written on the subject: an op ed published by the Albany Times Union (The time is now for tax relief) and a longer article (Property Tax Circuit Breaker: Help for Homeowners on Fixed Incomes) published by the New York State Association of Counties, NYSAC News, Summer 2010. John is also an active member of the Omnibus Consortium for Property Tax Relief and Reform.

Susan Antos, Senior Staff Attorney with the Empire Justice Center and a leader of the New York State Self-Sufficiency Standard Steering Committee, discussed the recently published Self-Sufficiency Standard for New York State 2010. Copies of the new report and related materials are available on the websites of several of the Steering Committee members: the New York State Community Action Association, the Empire Justice Center and the Fiscal Policy Institute. The report was prepared for the Steering Committee by the Center for Women’s Welfare of the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.