Economic Security & Opportunity

New Proposal Gives Needed Boost to New York’s Working Families

For Immediate Release: April 10, 2019

Media Contact: Fern Whyland, Communications Director, whyland@fiscalpolicy.org, 315-436-0558

New Proposal Gives Needed Boost to New York’s Working Families

(Albany, NY) New York’s Fiscal Policy Institute welcomed Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s sponsorship of the Working Families Tax Relief Act– legislation that would begin to fix our tax laws to help working people with low-wage jobs make ends meet as they work to support themselves and their families. Introduced today the … (read more)

Press Release: Legislators, Fiscal Watchdog, Children and Social Justice Advocates and Faith Leaders Urge NY to Take Real Steps To Address Child Poverty and Provide Tax Relief to Low Income Families by Strengthening NY’s EITC and Child Tax Credit

For Immediate Release: March 11, 2019

Media Contact:

Dede Hill, Director of Policy, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy – (518) 879-6616 | dhill@scaany.org Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute – (518) 469-6769 | deutsch@fiscalpolicy.org Pete Nabozny, The Children’s Agenda – (518) 929-1264 | pete@thechildrensagenda.org

 

 

Legislators, Fiscal Watchdog, Children and Social Justice Advocates and Faith Leaders Urge NY to Take Real Steps To Address Child Poverty and Provide Tax Relief to Low Income Families by Strengthening NY’s… (read more)

Groups Lobby for Changes to State Budget to Help Low- and Middle-Income People

March 4, 2019. As New York lawmakers struggle over the proposed 2020 state budget, these are some of the issues that have prompted two organizations to partner for an awareness campaign that’s taking them throughout the state. Ron Deutsch, executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, Latham, and the Rev. Peter M. Cook, executive director of the state Council of Churches, are on a three-week tour of communities, large and small.

“We believe things have been askew,” Mr. Deutsch said. (read more)

Reworking New York State’s Family Tax Credits

March 8, 2019. The human costs of child poverty are staggering. Experiencing poverty as a child – even for short stints – can impair brain development, physical and mental health, and academic achievement, and increase the possibility of child welfare involvement.  And the impacts can last a lifetime.  Childhood poverty is the single best predictor of adult poverty.

Child poverty also imposes extraordinary economic costs to the state.  A report just issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and … (read more)

Op-Ed: Protect Veterans’ Access to SNAP

November 9, 2018

Veterans Day reminds us of our duty to support Americans who have served our nation in uniform.

It’s an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices they’ve made and to re-examine the ways we can help them when they return home and re-enter civilian life. As we support them, we can certainly all agree that no veteran should go hungry.

Unfortunately, for too many veterans in New York and across the country, hunger remains a serious concern. That’s … (read more)

Webinar: What New York’s Community Organizations Need To Know About Public Charge

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Last month, the Department of Homeland Security publicized a proposed Public Charge rule that would punish immigrants going through official immigration processes and their families for applying for or receiving government benefits for which they are legally eligible. This would take away vital government assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, and housing assistance from low-income immigrant families, including U.S. (read more)

Press Release: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Helps Nearly 64,000 of New York’s Low-Income Veterans Put Food on Their Tables

November 9, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of FPI 518.469.6769 | deutsch@fiscalpolicy.org

Sherry Tomasky, Director of Public Affairs of Hunger Solutions New York 518.414.6769 | sherry.tomasky@hungersolutionsny.org

PRESS RELEASE New York State Food Security Advocates Urge Congress to Protect Food Assistance for Veterans

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Helps Nearly 64,000 of New York’s Low-Income Veterans Put Food on Their Tables

As the nation prepares to observe Veterans Day, Hunger Solutions New York and the Fiscal Policy Institute … (read more)

Census 2020: NYS Should Invest $40 Million to Fund Community Outreach

October 30, 2018. 

In a new report, the Fiscal Policy Insititute details the resources community-based groups will require to maximize participation in the 2020 Census among “hard to count” residents across New York State. FPI proposes that the governor and legislature include $40 million in next year’s state budget for community-based organizations to do outreach around the 2020 Census. FPI notes that this should be in addition to whatever funds the state commits to its own outreach and media campaigns … (read more)

Op-Ed: Don’t Jump After Janus: Why Public Workers Should Stick With Their Unions

June 28, 2018. The following op-ed about the Supreme Court ruling on Janus vs. AFSCME written by FPI’s senior economist, Brent Kramer; deputy director, David Kallick; and chief economist, Jonas Shaende, was featured in the NY Daily News. 

The recent Supreme Court ruling in Janus vs. AFSCME poses a real threat to public sector unions. Traditionally, in New York — as in many other states — everyone covered by a union contract was required to pay either dues or an … (read more)

FPI Supports Calls to Protect SNAP

June 14, 2018. FPI’s Policy Analyst, Shamier Settle and Chief Economist, Jonas Shaende joined the Poor People’s Campaign and Rise & Resist at their rally against potential cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The House Agriculture Committee farm bill (H.R. 2) outlines cuts and discontinuation of SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) for a substantial number of low-income Americans. This proposal contains $20 billion in cuts to the SNAP program and provisions for expanded work requirements. There is little … (read more)