Economic Security & Opportunity

Schools, Taxes and the New York Economy

April 24, 2003. A balanced budget alternative to the Governor’s school aid cuts. Based on an economic impact analysis prepared for FPI by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, this report, released jointly by FPI and the Alliance for Quality Education, shows that the Governor’s school aid cuts are “job killers” in the short run and even worse for the state’s economy over time.  The economic benefits of restoring the Governor’s school aid cuts far outweigh the effects … (read more)

Testimony at the Legislature’s Joint Budget Hearing on Human Services

March 3, 2003. Includes updated tables on TANF block grant spending, minimum wage workers, disposable income of New York SSI recipients, and each county’s public assistance shelter allowance as a percent of its Fair Market Rent. Testimony >>(read more)

Assessment of the Monroe County Department of Social Services and Health Department Altreya Consulting LLC Assessment and Recommendations – Updated Report

October 30, 2002. FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick critiques the statistical analyses used by Altreya Consulting LLC for its updated report on the Monroe County Department of Social Services.… (read more)

New York Workers Lost Billions in Retirement Assets Due to Stock Market Decline

September 20, 2002. A new report from the Institute for America’s Future estimates that workers and retirees in New York lost $10.78 billion in 401(k) assets in 2001.  This report also assesses recent congressional action on retirement security issues. FPI co-released the report in New York.… (read more)

Partial Sanctions Have Not Led To Smaller Caseload Declines

July 26, 2002. By David Carroll of the California Budget Project and FPI’s Trudi Renwick. Brief in PDF..

Current federal law requires states to penalize families whose members do not comply with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) requirements. However, states have the flexibility to choose partial sanctions (benefit reductions), full sanctions (elimination of the families’ entire public assistance payments), or a combination of the two. California, New York, and 13 other states have chosen to use the partial … (read more)

Escalating Prescription Drug Costs – The Reality and Options for Reform

June 17, 2002. FPI’s testimony before the New York State AFL-CIO Task Force on Prescription Drugs.… (read more)

The State of Our Schools Part 2: The Combined Effect of the “Bare Bones” Budget and the Governor’s Proposed State Aid Freeze

April 17, 2002. FPI’s analysis of the combined effect of the 2001-2002 “Bare Bones” Budget and the Governor’s proposed 2002-2003 state aid freeze on New York State school districts and students was presented in a new report from the Alliance for Quality Education and the Public Policy and Education Fund. This analysis shows that under the Governor’s proposed budget, 6 out of 7 school children in the state are in school districts that will receive less aid in 2002-2003 … (read more)

Expand Programs Used to Determine Telephone Lifeline Eligibility

February 19, 2002.  Testimony of Trudi Renwick in  Proceeding on Motion of the Commission To Consider Cost Recovery by Verizon and to  Investigate the Future Regulatory Framework, Case 00-C-1945. This testimony focuses on a proposal to expand programs used to determine telephone lifeline eligibility to include EITC, school lunch and Child Health Plus.… (read more)

Recommendations on the Reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program

February 2002. This report was jointly developed by officials of the Schuyler Center for Advocacy and Analysis (SCAA) and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), and is supported by the other relevant agencies of state government, the Governor’s office, and a broad array of human service advocacy organization statewide.… (read more)

Testimony before the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees’ Joint Public Hearing on Human Services

February 4, 2002. FPI’s testimony before the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees’ Joint Public Hearing on the Human Services portion of the 2002-2003 Executive Budget. Focuses primarily on the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.… (read more)