Economic Security & Opportunity

Expand, don’t restrict, health insurance for kids

May 8, 2007. A letter to the editor by Frank Mauro. Schenectady Daily Gazette.(read more)

Food Stamp Challenge: Live on a Food Stamp Budget for a Day

May 10, 2007. As Congress prepares to reauthorize the Farm Bill that includes the Food Stamp program, America’s first line of defense against hunger and food insecurity, walk in the shoes of the less fortunate. Try the “Food Stamp Diet” and pledge to live on the food stamp budget ($1.16 per person per meal) for a day. Pledge and background information >>(read more)

Pre-K Investment Yields Bonuses for Children, Families, Communities and State and Federal Government

May 3, 2007. A new study from the Economic Policy Institute, Enriching Children, Enriching the Nation, was co-released in New York by FPI and Winning Beginning New York. The question asked is whether pre-K pays for itself – and the answer is remarkable. Pre-K pays for itself not once, not twice, but 12 times over! New York press release >>(read more)

Testimony on the 2007-2008 Executive Budget – Human Services

March 1, 2007. Testimony presented by FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick.… (read more)

How to insure the uninsured

January 29, 2007. An op ed by David Dyssegaard Kallick. Crains.(read more)

Like hospitals, insurance system is also in crisis

January 29, 2007. An op ed by David Dyssegaard Kallick. Buffalo News.(read more)

How to Reduce the Pressure on the Property Tax and Ease the Fiscal Burden on Struggling Local Governments

January 10, 2007. The four-part plan supported by FPI: implement a statewide solution to CFE; increase state’s share of Medicaid and base counties’ shares on ability to pay; restore commitment to revenue sharing; and eliminate the significant disparities in the STAR program. Prepared for the Center on Governmental Research conference on reforming property taxes in New York.… (read more)

Increasing access to food stamps would boost the New York City Economy

October 17, 2006. Currently, the flow of federal food stamps into New York City – about $1.4 billion annually to nearly 1.1 million people at an average benefit of $110 per person per month – supports 9,600 jobs and $850 million of annual economic activity. This issue of Fiscal Policy Note$ finds that if access to the program were expanded so that all those eligible were participating, food stamp spending would increase by $355 million. This spending would create 2,300 … (read more)

New York Makes Real Progress on Health Care Coverage

September 27, 2006. This issue of Fiscal Policy Note$ presents data showing that the portion of the state population without health insurance has fallen from 16.3% in 2000 to 13.5% in 2005. Nevertheless, there are still 2.6 million people in the state who have no health insurance. The share of private sector employees covered by health insurance continued to fall while the portion of the population covered by government programs in New York rose from 27% to 31%. Press release … (read more)

Poverty in New York Fails to Decline Despite Four Years of Economic “Growth”

August 29, 2006. New data suggests the need to reinvigorate efforts to combat poverty: FPI’s analysis of the new poverty, income and health insurance data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Press release with supporting tables >>(read more)