2014-2015 Annual State Budget Briefing in NYC

On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Fiscal Policy Institute will present its annual state budget briefing in New York City hosted by the Community Service Society of New York. To register for this free event, click here.

The topics to be covered during the briefing include:

  • The Social and Economic Context of the Governor’s 2014-15 Executive Budget: What are the major social and economic challenges and opportunities facing the state?  What is the outlook for the national economy and what are the implications for New York? How is New York doing compared to its neighboring states?
  • The State and Local Fiscal Situations: What are the implications of the budget choices of the last several years on the revenue and expenditure sides of the state budget and the budgets of New York’s local governments? What are the short and long term implications for essential services, local taxpayers and the state’s economy of the freezes and cuts in revenue sharing with cities, towns and villages and in state aid to education have helped the state to balance its own budgets in recent years?
  • The Executive Budget: What are the major policy issues that the Governor addresses in the 2014-15 Executive Budget? Are there any glaring omissions in the issues being addressed? What is the overall impact of the Governor’s proposed budget on the ability of the state to meet its major social and economic challenges and opportunities such as the exceptionally high child poverty rates in the major Upstate cities?

If you have any questions about the February 11th briefing or about any budget or economic policy issues, please contact us by telephone at 518-786-3156 or by e-mail at

Please register by Friday, February 7, 2014.

Briefing on the Mayor’s Preliminary 2015 NYC Budget

On Tuesday morning, March 11, 2014, the Fiscal Policy Institute will present its annual New York City budget briefing to the Economic Justice and Social Welfare Network at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. The briefing presentation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. To register for this free event, click here.

The topics to be covered during the briefing include:

  • The social and economic context in New York City at the beginning of 2014: the unevenness of the recovery; wage, income and employment trends/ and the persistence of high unemployment and poverty.
  • The impact on New York City and its budget of the Governor’s proposed 2014-15 Executive Budget and the proposed Federal budget.
  • The Mayor’s FY 2015 Preliminary Executive Budget: what are the major initiatives, how does Mayor de Blasio’s first budget compare with those of former Mayor Bloomberg, and how is the Mayor proposing to use the budget to address income inequality and the vision he articulated during the campaign?

Please register by Friday, March 7, 2014.

If you have any questions about either briefings, please contact us by telephone at 518-786-3156 or by e-mail at Please contact me with any questions about any budget or economic policy issues at 212-721-5624.

JobsFirstNYC Community-Based Organization Meeting

July 23, 2013, Manhattan. JobsFirstNYC hosts their quarterly Community-Based Organization (CBO) Network meeting. The agenda will include discussion around the New York City budget, what the next administration is poised to inherit and what the workforce development agenda should look like. James Parrott, the deputy director and chief economist at the Fiscal Policy Institute, will be there to present on this topic. Register here.

JobsFirstNYC’s  CBO Meetings are standing, quarterly events convened for front-line, managerial, senior, and executive staff who work in organizations committed to assisting older young adults access the labor  market and post-secondary options through workforce and educational  services.

Date:  Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Time: 9:00am-11:30am


Macaulay Honors College at CUNY
35 West 67th Street
Lecture Hall – Main Floor
New York, NY 10023

Barriers to Entry: The Increasing Challenges Faced by Young Adults in the New York City Labor Market

May 2, 2013, Manhattan. JobsFirstNYC is pleased to share a new report with the field – Barriers to Entry: The Increasing Challenges Faced by Young Adults in the New York City Labor Market. This report takes an in-depth look at both the supply and demand dimensions of the job market faced by New York City’s 18-24 out-of-school/work population. The report also considers the key characteristics of young people who are out-of-school and out-of-work, including their demographics, where they live, their skills, and barriers they face connecting to employment opportunities. This analysis considers both the ‘supply’ and ‘demand’ aspects of this particular issue in a single study.  The report was co-authored by James Parrott, Deputy Director and Chief Economist, Fiscal Policy Institute, and Lazar Treschan, Director of Youth Policy, Community Service Society. We hope you will join us for a discussion about the report findings and their implications.

Date: May 2, 2013

Time: 9-11 a.m.

Location: New York Times Building, 620 Eight Avenue, 15th Floor. Due  to security protocols at the New York Times Building, RSVP’s for this  event are required.

Immigration Reform Forum in Patchogue

March 13, 2013. A forum in Patchogue on immigration reform, sponsored by the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, at the church that played an important role after the killing of Marcelo Lucero.

A forum on the economic benefits of immigration reform will be taking place at the Congregational Church of Patchogue Monday morning at 10:30 a.m.

…panelists include Congressman Tim Bishop and representatives from Long Island Association, Long Island Federation of Labor, Long Island Farm Bureau, Local 32BJ (SEIU) and Local 1102 (RWDSU).

The forum is being hosted by David Dyssegaard Kaillick of the Fiscal Policy Institute.

A Better Choice Budget for New York State

March 9, 2013, Poughkeepsie. A Better Choice Budget Forum was held on Saturday morning, March 9, 2013 at 11 am at the Holy Light Pentecostal Church at 33 South Clover Street in Poughkeepsie. Speakers included Poughkeepsie Common Councilmember Ann Perry, Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner, long-time community activist Mae Parker-Harris and FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro.

Managing shifting risks: combatting a shrinking safety net with financial empowerment

December 13, 2012, Manhattan. Financial responsibility and risk have shifted from institutions and businesses to individual households over the last three decades. This trend, accelerated by recent state budget cutbacks in social service programs, means many families are left to navigate a more complex system on their own. Can cities use technology and policy innovation to bridge the gap? How are philanthropy and non-profit networks promoting new structures to enable hard working families to meet these challenges?

The program co-hosted by The New America Foundation and The Financial Clinic focused on the impact of risk shifting and how financial development and asset-building tools are empowering families in New York and across the nation. The panelists were James Parrott, FPI’s Deputy Director and Chief Economist; Mae Watson Grote, Founder and Executive Director, The Financial Clinic; Chauncy Lennon, Program Officer, Ford Foundation; and Kristin Morse, Executive Director, New York City Center for Economic Opportunity. The moderator was Justin King, Federal Policy Liaison, Asset Building Program, New America Foundation.

Municipal Art Society Summit for New York City

October 18-19, 2012, Manhattan. Innovative city shapers and thought leaders gathered at the third annual Municipal Art Summit for New York City. On Thursday afternoon (October 18), FPI senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick participated in a session called Entrepreneurship, Job Creation and Sustaining a Diverse Economy in the Livable City.

Measuring Poverty in NYC: Why it Matters

October 5, 2012, Manhattan. The Community Service Society hosted a forum to discuss newly released census data on poverty in New York City and how it compares to the City’s alternative poverty measure. Should the city continue to produce its own measure? What does it reveal that’s different? And what does it mean for public policy? The following panel experts helped to answer these questions:

James Parrott, Deputy Director and Chief Economist, Fiscal Policy Institute

Mark Levitan, Director of Poverty Research for NYC’s Center of Economic Opportunity

Michelle Holder, Senior Policy Analyst at CSS

Council Members sponsoring legislation to require the city to continue to produce an annual poverty measure and report.

Annual conference on local government – Sponsored by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress

June 19, 2012, Newburgh. The program focused on lessons learned from the first year of the state’s 2 percent tax cap, along with the ongoing crisis in public finance. FPI’s Frank Mauro moderated the plenary panel, “The Crisis in Public Finance.” The panel was preceded by a keynote address by Richard Brodsky of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Finances of the City of Yonkers. Agenda.