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Report: Spotlight on NY’s Essential Workers

The coronavirus crisis has put a new focus on “essential workers,”  people who are bringing deliveries to our homes, working in supermarkets and convenience stores, keeping the public transportation system functioning, providing social services and childcare, and working in the healthcare industry.

These essential workers have always played a critical role in keeping our communities running. At a time when many streets are eerily empty, however, we can see all the more clearly who is still out there making sure … (read more)

Reflections on the New York State Budget

For Immediate Release: April 4, 2020

Media Contact: Fern Whyland, Communications Director, whyland@fiscalpolicy.org, 315-436-0558 

 Reflections on the New York State Budget 

(Albany, NY) The process of crafting the FY 2020-2021 State Budget began with warnings of a dire budget shortfall and concluded with efforts to alleviate the fallout caused by an economy brought to a sudden standstill by a global pandemic. Throughout the budget process and the rising projections around revenue losses, FPI has called for public policies based

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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)

FPI’s Presentation on the Proposed Executive Budget for FY 2021

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.
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Fiscal Policy Institute Reacts to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 8, 2020

Media Contact: Fern Whyland, Communications Director, whyland@fiscalpolicy.org, 315-436-0558

Fiscal Policy Institute Reacts to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address

FPI Agrees that New Yorkers Deserve Results, Not Rhetoric 

Statement from Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute
 
“Governor Cuomo is right that New Yorkers deserve results, not rhetoric. While our state economy booms, we continue to be short-changed by austerity budgeting. Missing from the governor’s State of the State address is clarity
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The New York State Budget Must Support All New Yorkers.

January 6, 2020

As the New York State legislative session begins with the state facing a multi-billion-dollar state budget deficit, the question is clear—what kind of New York do we want and how will we get there?  The Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) urges Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie to choose sound economic and social policies that promote growth and development for the many rather than the few so that all New … (read more)

New York’s 4.5 Million Immigrants Will Look to Governor Cuomo’s Leadership to Protect Them Against Federal Attacks

We welcome Governor Cuomo’s focus on the diversity of New York in his State of the State address. The governor was clear that our state was and is comprised of a wide variety of peoples who are all working to create a better future for themselves and our state.

We also commend the governor for acknowledging the difficulties immigrants face obtaining employment. His proposal to make occupational licensing possible for some immigrants is a small but welcome step. The measure … (read more)