Economic Security & Opportunity

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)

The State of Our Schools: The Effect of the “Bare-Bones” Budget on New York School Districts

January 8, 2002. The Fiscal Policy Institute did the data analysis for this new report from the Alliance for Quality Education and the Public Policy and Education Fund. It shows that 81% of New York State’s school children are in school districts that are getting less state aid per pupil this year than last year, when adjusted for inflation.  Also see:  Impact of the 2001-2002 Bare Bones Budget County by County.

Update: April 17, 2002.… (read more)

Welfare Reform and Social Indicators – New York City

December 7, 2001. These fact sheets were distributed at the GULP/FPI TANF Reauthorization Forum held in New York City today. See also the summary data sheet for New York City’s five counties and the summary data sheet for Congressional districts 5-18.

COUNTIES County-specific data for New York City’s counties can be found on these summary sheets. Bronx Kings New York Queens Richmond CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS Data from the Census Bureau’s 2000 Supplementary Survey for NYC Congressional Districts. 5th Congressional District… (read more)

TANF Reauthorization

November 30, 2001. Comments from FPI submitted to the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Also see:

  • Welfare reform and social indicators: county-specific data (fall 2001) and NYC data (December 7, 2001). These fact sheets show (1) trends in poverty and other social and economic indicators since the advent of welfare reform and (2) changes in the use of temporary assistance, medicaid and food stamps during this period.
  • FPI presentation: TANF Reauthorization (November 2001).
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Welfare Reform and Social Indicators – County by County

Fall 2001. These fact sheets were prepared for the GULP/FPI TANF Reauthorization Forums in upstate New York. They present data on:

  1. trends in poverty and other social and economic indicators since the advent of welfare reform,
  2. changes in the use of temporary assistance, medicaid and food stamps during this period, and
  3. several key county policies.
Counties Albany Allegany Broome Cattaraugus Cayuga Chautauqua Chemung Chenango Clinton Columbia Cortland Delaware Dutchess Erie Essex Franklin Fulton Genesee Greene Hamilton Herkimer Jefferson Lewis Livingston(read more)