Economic Security & Opportunity

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)

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)