Economic Security & Opportunity

Women’s Economic Security in New York

November 12, 2004. Presentation prepared for the Policy Summit for Women Elected to New York State’s County and City Governments, sponsored by the  Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at the University of Rochester. Also see: Fact Sheet on NY Women’s Economic Security.… (read more)

Early Investment in Kids = Huge Payoff to Taxpayers

October 19, 2004. New York press release:

A new study being released today by the Economic Policy Institute finds that increased federal and state investments in comprehensive high quality early childhood development programs would more than pay for themselves – generating more than $2 in returns to taxpayers for every $1 invested. The overall economic benefits would be even greater – more than $8 in benefits to society for each $1 invested.

The report, Exceptional Returns: Economic, Fiscal, and Social (read more)

No Funding, No Fairness: The State of Our Schools in 2004

October 4, 2004. This new report by the Public Policy and Education Fund (PPEF) shows that little if any progress was made in 2004 and 2005 with respect toward one of the most critical issues facing New York’s educational system: the failure to adequately tie state school aid funding levels to student needs and district funding capacity.

The report debunks several of the myths surrounding the educational funding reform movement. In contrast to what some may say – that only … (read more)

FPI Comments: Proposed Regulations, Medicare Prescription Drug Program

October 4, 2004. Comments on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, submitted by Trudi Renwick, Senior Economist, Fiscal Policy Institute.… (read more)

Is Governor Pataki really using the Standard & Poor’s study as the basis for his proposed Sound Basic Education Plan?

May 2004.

In presenting his “5-Year Sound Basic Education Financing Plan,” Governor Pataki claimed that it was based on the Standard and Poor’s estimate of the Resource Gap between current school district education spending and the projected amount needed to attain the Regents’ Education Standards. This is one of the four educational standards for which Standard and Poor’s attempted to estimate the resource gap for the state as a whole and for selected districts.

The Governor claimed that the Resource … (read more)

The Southern Tier and School Finance Reform

April 1, 2004. The 68 school districts in the 9-county Binghamton-Ithaca-Elmira-Corning area are among the state’s neediest. The overwhelming majority of would benefit from reforming New York state”s school funding system. Brief >>(read more)

The Impact of the 2004-2005 Executive Budget on Needy New Yorkers

February 11, 2004. FPI’s testimony at the Legislature’s Joint Budget Hearing on Human Services. Includes updated tables on TANF block grant spending. (PDF)… (read more)

TANF and Child Care Spending in New York

April 28, 2003. Update from the Fiscal Policy Institute.… (read more)

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)