2020

Don’t Let the Pandemic Shortchange Our State Budget Process

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2020

 

(Albany, NY) Today the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) released a set of recommendations to safeguard New York’s budget process and ensure a just budget for all. Predictions of a budget shortfall preceded the unforeseen economic impact of the pandemic and FPI urged leadership to think beyond the continued use of the same austerity budget measures put in place year after year. Now, faced with the urgent needs of our community members, FPI urges … (read more)

NY’s Best Prescription? An Accurate Census Count

While the coronavirus is upending our daily lives, we must not let this public health crisis derail our state’s census participation. New York must have an accurate count because it will affect our lives for the next 10 years – including the resources our state has to combat the next health threat or climate crisis.

All New Yorkers should complete a census form – either by mail, phone, or online. More information on completing the census is available from the … (read more)

Federal and State Relief Should Help All: Immigrants Should Not Be Left Behind

During this time of crisis, the coronavirus pandemic, federal and state governments need to ensure that all of us, regardless of immigration status and the job we hold in society, are safe, healthy, and have access to critical services. No one should be left to struggle on their own during a global pandemic. As a society, we want to encourage everyone who is sick to stay home from work and have access to medical care if they need it. Now … (read more)

We Must Boost New York’s Fighting Chance

New York State is dealing with a pandemic that demands sudden and unusual changes in our everyday lives. The need for societal change including social distancing and restricting public gatherings to protect our health is clear. The question is what will be the economic cost of our necessary public health policy and how will we pay for it?

Explore these pressing issues with us in our new brief:

At the time of this writing, our state is trying to reach … (read more)

An Heiress asks New York to Tax the Rich

March 13, 2020.

An op-ed by Abigail Disney urges New York toward tax reform by ensuring everyone pays their fair share to support our state.  The opinion piece supports “a letter asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo and our state Legislature to raise the tax rates for very wealthy New Yorkers. I and my co-signers support an ultra-millionaires tax that asks those making $5 million, $10 million and $100 million a year to pay a little more in income taxes. We also … (read more)

FPI’s 2020 State Budget Presentations

Our state budget is an opportunity to define our values and choose our future. Will our actions reinforce inequity and inequality or can we pull together to create a more just New York for all? FPI took a look at the proposed executive budget and shared our thoughts in two presentations, one in Albany and one in New York City. If you missed those informative events, you can still take a look at what was presented.