FPI

Family Self Sufficiency Standard: Steering Committee

Informational Meetings on: The Self-Sufficiency Standard for New York

How much do New Yorkers need to earn to meet all their basic needs? How can subsidies help?

The Self-Sufficiency Standard for New York is the thirteenth state in a series of such standards, developed by Dr. Diana Pearce. The Self-Sufficiency Standard shows how much is enough for families to meet their basic needs. It covers costs for housing, child care, food, transportation, medical care, miscellaneous expenses, and taxes. It also … (read more)

New York’s Economy, Through Another Lens

June 27, 2000. A letter to the editor of the New York Times, by James Parrott:

Re ”Jobs Data for 1999 Paint a Rosier Picture for Upstate New York” (news article, March 2):

It may be a little premature for Gov. George E. Pataki to herald the turnaround of the upstate economy. At least 40 percent of the private job gain last year occurred in industries like retail and social services, where the average wages are 40 percent below the … (read more)

New York’s Minimum Wage Opportunity

June 24, 2000. The New York State Senate recessed on  June 23rd without acting on the proposal to increase the minimum wage to $6.75 per hour on January 1, 2001.  This legislation is sponsored by 16 of the 36 members of the  Senate’s Republican Majority Conference.  Whether the Senate reconvenes before or after Election Day, this is an issue that it will not be able to ignore.  Tom Michl and Trudi Renwick review the erosion of the purchasing power of … (read more)

State lawmakers should boost minimum wage

June 22, 2000. A letter to the editor by Trudi Renwick and Tom Michl. Published in the Albany Times Union.

On Monday the Times Union reported the effort to increase the state minimum wage to $6.75 per hour “apparently died in the Senate.” The Senate has returned to Albany this week and should make sure this opportunity to give low-income working New Yorkers a much-needed raise doesn’t really die. In fact, the purchasing power (in current dollars) of the … (read more)

Hold Adelphia responsible if promises don’t pan out

June 15, 2000.  A call for accountability from Buffalo News columnist Rod Watson.

OK, let’s make a deal. You give me mucho, mucho bucks  and I’ll give you . . . what? A promise? Sound good? Do you know of any business that does business like  that?

No, only government does business like that. So welcome to the  Adelphia Communications waterfront project.

New York State already has tossed $75 million of public money  into the pot, $50 million of it … (read more)

The Impact of Federal Spending Priorities on New York State: An Educational Briefing

June 2, 2000. New York State receives $3.9 billion less per year from the federal government in key budget areas than it did in 1980. Meanwhile, while military spending grew by $10.7 billion. Representatives of Statewide Youth Advocacy, the Interfaith Alliance of New York State and the Fiscal Policy Institute joined Greg Speeter and Pam Schwartz of the National Priorities Project in presenting an educational briefing today on how federal spending priorities impact New Yorkers. Press release:

A new report, … (read more)

An Agenda for a Better New York: Modernizing New York’s Unemployment Insurance System

June 2000. A new report by Jennifer McCormick and Trudi Renwick. Executive summary below; also see full report.

On the last day of the 1998 Legislative Session, a significant Unemployment Insurance (UI) reform bill was passed by both houses of the legislature and later signed into law by Governor Pataki. This wide-ranging bill addressed many aspects of the UI program: employer tax rates, the taxable wage base, the maximum benefit amount, seasonal employers and individual eligibility. A more limited … (read more)

Sponsors and speakers to call for systematic reform of New York’s $2.6 billion Corporate Welfare program

Forum on Corporate Welfare and Corporate Accountability to be held in Troy at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 3, 2000.

For more information, contact Mark Dunlea at 518-434-7371 or Frank Mauro at 518-786-3156.

The Fair Budget Campaign will be conducting a forum on Corporate Welfare and Accountability on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM at the First United Presbyterian Church, 1915 5th Avenue, Troy (2 blocks east of the Uncle Sam Atrium). The event is co-sponsored by Troy Area United … (read more)

Street Addict

The city is less dependent on the stock market than in ’87, right? Wrong. Almost 20 percent of the city’s income is made on Wall Street — which could mean catastrophe in a crash.

BY DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

When the long-running bull market took a week off in the middle of April, many New Yorkers couldn’t help indulging in a little schadenfreude. After all, the Internal Revenue Service reports that 75 percent of the capital gains earned during the … (read more)

Robin Hood in reverse

May 1, 2000. An editorial in the Albany Times-Union:

New York state is taking federal welfare money to pay for middle-class subsidies

It’s been a while since a welfare scandal made headlines. Something like a welfare mother driving a Cadillac or someone collecting checks under several different names used to make for such easy political points. All that stopped, ostensibly, when President Clinton and Congress made good on their determination to end welfare as we once knew it.

Misuse … (read more)