Racial Disparities in Economic Development Spending

August 7, 2018. A new report from the Fiscal Policy Institute and Make The Road New York takes a look at the racial disparities in the state’s economic development spending. Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Ben Wolcott, Campaign Researcher at Make the Road New York discuss the findings on WCNY’s Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter.

Here is a link to the radio episode.… (read more)

Inequities in Economic Development System Show in New Report

August 6, 2018. The Fiscal Policy Institute and Make The Road New York’s new report discusses how investments by the regional economic development councils in predominantly white communities vastly outweigh those made in communities of color. In a new interview with Capital Tonight on Spectrum News, Ron Deutsch of the Fiscal Policy Institute and Yatziri Tovar on Make The Road New York talk about how New York State’s economic development shortchanges people of color.

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Pressure Mounts on Assembly to Tackle Stalled Anti-Corruption Measures

August 2, 2018. This article discusses the pressures being placed on the Senate to return to Albany to take up a bill re-authorizing New York City to operate cameras in school zones to catch speeders and the call to tackle ethics reform. The two ethics reform bills that stalled in the Assembly before its session ended in June are aimed at boosting government transparency and oversight. One of these bills is the “database of deals”, a policy supported by The (read more)

New York’s Economic Spending Shortchanges Nonwhite Communities, Report Says

August 2, 2018. This article discusses a new report written by The Fiscal Policy Institute and Make the Road New York which shows that areas with a higher concentration of people of color across New York State are awarded less than their fair share of economic development funds. Additionally this study found that white males are massively overrepresented on the Regional Economic Development Councils which allocate these funds.

“The regional council competition is one of the largest sources of economic … (read more)

Press Release: New Report Reveals How NY Economic Development Funds Shortchange Communities of Color


August 2, 2018 

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Yatziri Tovar, yatziri.tovar@maketheroadny.org, 917-771-2818

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New Report Reveals How NY Economic Development Funds Shortchange Communities of Color

Report released today by Make the Road New York & the Fiscal Policy Institute shows white males massively overrepresented on Regional Councils and funding for communities of color drastically less than for white communities.

See the press release letter here.

New York, NY (August 2nd, 2018)—Today, Make the Road New York, … (read more)

NY Pols Unveil Bill to Establish ‘Sanctuary State’

July 26, 2018. This article discusses the introduction of a new bill that would establish New York as a “sanctuary state.” Under the measure, which has been introduced by State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Assistant Assembly Speaker Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn), state and local enforcement agencies would be prohibited from acting as agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, severely limiting the information they would be authorized to share with federal authorities. Additionally, the bill would restrict state and local … (read more)

The Downsides of Property Tax Caps

July 26, 2018. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) released a report last week about how property tax caps are hampering the abilities of municipalities to fund basic services and are exacerbating inequality. The study focused on the impact of caps in Michigan, Massachusetts, Oregon and New York. In New York, more than three-quarters of cities and half of the counties reported significant fiscal stress due to the the adoption of its tax cap in 2011 and subsequent … (read more)

Brief: New York State’s Continuing Tax Reform: governor’s unincorporated business income tax proposal

July 16, 2018.The State of New York continues to evaluate possible adjustments to its tax system in response to the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA). Governor Cuomo proposed the idea of a statewide unincorporated business income tax (UBT) in early 2018. Perhaps due to the complexity involved, the UBT did not make it into the state budget package along with the other response measures: a payroll tax workaround, decoupling of rules for itemized deductions and … (read more)

‘Live From New York’: Saturday Night Live Lands Big Tax Breaks For Filming

July 19, 2018. This articles discusses the significant tax breaks that the long-running show, Saturday Night Live, receives from New York State. New York offers the largest film tax credit program in the nation at $420 million a year. Many state officials feel that the program is very successful because it has led to an influx of shows and movies filming not only in New York City but also across the state, and that without the credit, productions would move … (read more)

Interview: Rethinking the Property Tax Cap

July 20, 2018. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities recently released a new report on property tax restrictions which concluded that state limits on property taxes should be relaxed or repealed because they make it more difficult for localities to provide services.

Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, joins Michael Leachman from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on Capital Tonight on Spectrum News in discussing how property taxes are unable to keep up … (read more)