2018

Legislative Briefing: Supporting New York’s Local Governments

May 22, 2018 Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 4, Albany, NY

This legislative briefing will address the problem of fiscal stress among New York’s local governments and the role the State Legislature can play in addressing these challenges.

What can NY learn from other states? What does the in depth research on NYS show?

We are seeing important shifts in intergovernmental relations, most recently with the Federal tax reform on SALT.  How can NY best respond to these challenges?

Come … (read more)

FPI Holds Webinar with Hunger Solutions New York About SNAP and the 2018 Farm Bill

May 8, 2018. The Fiscal Policy Institute and Hunger Solutions New York held a webinar regarding the 2018 Farm Bill and changes to SNAP on April 30, 2018. SNAP, otherwise known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, helps close the gap of food insecurity for people across New York and the rest of the country.

The slides for the webinar are available here.… (read more)

Interactive Maps: SNAP Participation Rates and SNAP Retailers

May 7, 2018. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP for short, is the country’s largest and most effective nutrition program. In New York State, over 2.8 million people utilize SNAP every year, including 1.1 million children. More than $4.9 billion in SNAP benefits were spent at over 18,000 New York retailers in 2016. SNAP is a part of the Farm Bill, a piece of legislation which authorizes most federal policies governing food and agriculture programs. Approximately 80 percent of the … (read more)

Protest Outside Congresswomen Stefanik’s Office Targets Proposed SNAP Cuts

May 4, 2018. A small group of citizens protested outside U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s downtown office Thursday to urge her not to vote on the upcoming Farm Bill, which contains $20 billion in cuts in the SNAP program.

Ron Deutsch, executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, carried a sign that read, “SNAP Out of it Elise. Don’t Cut Food Stamps 4 Families.” SNAP refers to the formal name of the food stamp program, the Supplemental Nutrition … (read more)

Lt. Governor Candidate Williams Lays Out Fiscal Plan

May 3, 2018. Jumaane Williams, the New York City councilman and progressive activist who’s seeking to unseat Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in September’s primary, wants the state to end Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2 percent spending cap and increase taxes on the rich. Williams suggested a number of new taxes or fees targeting the state’s wealthiest residents to generate an estimated $20 billion in new revenue to fund education, transportation, environmental remediation, public housing and health care. The Fiscal Policy has … (read more)

Driver’s Licenses for All Would Better Many Lives, Including Mine

April 30, 2018. In this op-ed by Jorge Cotraro, an undocumented immigrant living on Long Island, discusses his constant fear of driving to do daily activities, such as driving to work. He is in fear of being pulled over for a traffic violation that turns into a deportation case, which would tear him apart from his wife and kids. He cites FPI’s 2017 report, Expanding Access to Driver’s Licenses. He argues that passing a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to … (read more)

Congresswoman Velázquez Joins Service Providers In Rally Monday To Oppose Trump Budget Cuts

April 29, 2018. Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and a state-based coalition of diverse service providers met on  Monday on the steps of City Hall in New York to denounce the proposed budget cuts by the Trump administration. The coalition submitted a letter on behalf of nearly 80 service providers asking members of Congress to fully fund these programs and defend them from budget cuts.

The coalition includes FPWA, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, Fiscal Policy Institute, Human Services Council … (read more)

Nixon Opposes Cuomo’s 2% State Spending, Property Tax Caps

April 28, 2018. Newly endorsed Working Families Parties candidate for New York governor, Cynthia Nixon, discusses how the state’s two percent spending cap and two percent spending property tax cap causes problems for education and government services. She says that the two percent spending cap shrinks the budget every year, causing major impacts to public education and local governments in the form of budget cuts. Frank Mauro, former executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, along with several other organizations, … (read more)

Rod Watson: Report Underscores Need to Mandate Affordable Housing

The analysis from the Fiscal Policy Institute, based on Census Bureau data, looks at affordability in the state’s six largest cities. It shows that 38 percent of Buffalo’s renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing, with a quarter of the city’s renters spending more than 40 percent.

The federal government sets 30 percent as the upper limit for housing that’s deemed “affordable,” meaning more than a third of Buffalo’s residents can’t really afford the rental housing … (read more)

Will NY Let Undocumented Immigrants Get Driver’s Licenses?

April 19, 2018. For over a decade, advocacy groups and supporters of a bill to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in New York have persistently been showing their support. The “Driver License Access and Privacy Act” would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license using their passport and signing an affidavit stating they have not received a social security number. Advocates cite FPI’s report, Expanding Access to Driver’s Licenses, and argue that it will help families … (read more)