Ron Deutsch and John Kaehny – What They Want to See in the Final Budget Proposal

March 27, 2018. The clock is ticking to pass the budget on time. Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, and John Kaehny, Executive Director of Reinvent Albany, broke down what they want to see in the final budget proposal.

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As State Budget Deadline Nears, Some Items May Fall off the Table

March 27, 2018. A measure to crack down on sexual harassment in government and the private sector appeared to remain in the 2018-19 budget package on Monday, while several other high-profile initiatives may be put aside and addressed after the April 1 deadline, according to legislative staffers and others close to the budget talks.

Also staying in place is a wide-ranging plan to allow employers to increase payroll taxes they pay – which would help employees deal with the new … (read more)

Watchdog Groups Call for the Governor and Legislature to Pass in the Budget a “Database of Deals” Making Business Subsidies Transparent

March 26, 2018. Reinvent Albany, Citizens Budget Commission and Fiscal Policy Institute today called for the Governor and Legislature to pass a “Database of Deals” in this year’s budget.

Both houses’ budget bills included a “Database of Deals” (Part KK in A.9508-B and Part LLLL in S.7508-B ) that are very similar and largely track existing legislation introduced by Assembly member Robin Schimminger and Senator Thomas Croci (A.8175 and S.6613-B).

A “Database of Deals” will list all state economic development … (read more)

Internet Sales Tax Capture Effort Stalled in Albany

March 23, 2018. The expansion of the sales tax on cyberspace transactions was projected to raise $160 million for the state treasury and another $160 million for county governments, many of which split portions of their share with towns, villages and cities.

The proposal, advanced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his executive budget, was blocked by Senate Republicans, who have been adamant they will not approve new taxes this year.

 The Retail Council of New York State, representing brick-and-mortar stores … (read more)

Wealthy Inequality Forum at Caffé Lena on March 27th

“What Wealth Inequality Looks Like in Our Community,” an interactive program, will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at Caffé Lena, Phila Street, Saratoga Springs.

Please join the Fiscal Policy Institute’s Ron Deutsch and others in discussing issues like food insecurity, poverty, and the impact of the federal administration’s changes on New York.

For more information, see the event page on the Times Union.… (read more)

Human Service Workers Renew Call for Wage Funding

March 14, 2018. The Fiscal Policy Instituted participated in a press event with the Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York coalition yesterday morning in the Capitol. The coalition represents more than 350 nonprofits organizations across New York seeking to adequately fund a higher minimum wage and cost-of-living pay adjustments for the state’s contracted human services employees. The press event revolved around the inaugural induction of 38 female human service sector workers into its “Human Services Hall of Fame” as … (read more)

John Kaehny and Ron Deutsch: Transparency for Subsidies the State Gives to Businesses

March 13, 2018. Activists are pushing for legislative action to bring more transparency to the subsidies that the State gives to businesses. We heard more on the push from Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, and John Kaehny, Executive Director of Reinvent Albany.

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Liberal Groups Call for Tax on Stock Buybacks

March 13, 2018. Liberal advocacy groups on Friday called for the passage of a tax on stock transfer buybacks, hoping to get the Republican-controlled Senate on board with a move they say would generate an extra $2 billion for the state.

“If you’re going to use your corporate tax cut — your 40 percent federal tax cut — to buyback stocks and enrich your company, rather than use that money to create jobs and increase worker pay, we think you … (read more)

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Visits Woodhaven and Speaks to Residents About the Trump Tax Law

March 6, 2018. On March 3, at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodhaven, a panel discussion that Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez hosted included Pelosi, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Congressman Joe Crowley, Charles Khan from the Strong Economy for All Coalition, Jonas Shaende from the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Tracey Kavanagh, a registered nurse who serves on the board of directors of the New York State Nurses Association.

The tax bill signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017, leads to automatic … (read more)

2018 State Budget Briefing in NYC

On Wednesday morning, February 28, 2018, the Fiscal Policy Institute will present its 28th annual budget briefing, co-sponsored by the Community Service Society, 633 Third Avenue – the forum will be held on the 16th floor in the Retro Report conference room. Light refreshments and check-in will begin at 9:00 a.m. Our presentation begins at 9:20 a.m. and ends at 10:30 a.m. We hope that you and/or your colleagues will be able to join us for what we are … (read more)