Economic Security & Opportunity

Testimony at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2011-2012 Executive Budget Proposal – Human Services

February 16, 2011. Testimony submitted by Carolyn Boldiston, FPI’s Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst. Her testimony includes: a review of New York State’s recent public assistance caseload history, a review of New York’s historical utilization of the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, a review of the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of February 2009 on TANF funding and spending in New York State, and recommendations for the 2011-2012 state fiscal year.… (read more)

Extension of the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund is Essential to Bringing More Jobs and Needed Financial Support to New York State

September 17, 2010. The very tight budget situations that state and local governments continue to face may force them to reduce or eliminate services for needy families. This brief shows that an extension of the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund will help New York and the other states to continue their safety net programs without ravaging other parts of their budgets.… (read more)

New York Not-for-Profits Fighting Governor’s Vetoes

July 27, 2010. Governor Paterson’s vetoes eliminated funds for the 2010 fiscal year and previous years – funds that had been promised by legislators to not-for-profits for a variety of critical services and needed programs in local communities throughout the state.

Albany press conference: FPI’s Frank Mauro and Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness were among the speakers. Sponsored by the New York AIDS Coalition, New York State Catholic Conference, New York State Community Action Association, New York … (read more)

Groups Call Upon Schumer and Gillibrand to Restore Medicaid and COBRA Health Insurance Funding

June 8, 2010. This press release from coalition partners highlights FPI’s analysis of the impact on New York State and New York City of a 6-month extension of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s increased share of state Medicaid costs. The groups also call for extension of ARRA’s assistance with COBRA premiums.… (read more)

Extending the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund Would Bring More Dollars and Jobs to New York

May 19, 2010. To help needy families during the Great Recession, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009, created a $5 billion Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF) within the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) federal block grant program. This brief shows that the TANF ECF has brought $935 million in new federal dollars to New York over the last year. With the nation continuing to experience high unemployment … (read more)

Testimony at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2010-2011 Executive Budget Proposal – Human Services

April 2, 2010. Testimony presented by Carolyn Boldiston, FPI’s Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst.   (This is a revised version of testimony originally delivered on February 10,  2010.)… (read more)

Casualty of Chaos: The Cost of Albany’s Inaction on Jobless Benefits

July 2, 2009. Albany inaction costs jobless New Yorkers $267 million. A potent tool for fighting downturn, unemployment benefits deliver economic stimulus where it’s most needed. But New York’s jobless benefit has been frozen since 2000, and now lags behind dozens of states. This report from FPI and the National Employment Law Project shows that upstate counties have been hurt the most by the legislature’s failure to increase unemployment benefits.

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The TANF Emergency Contingency Fund: The Basics, and New York’s Experience with the Regular Contingency Fund

June 11, 2009. Part I – The Basics – and Part II – New York’s Experience to Date Using the Regular Contingency Fund – are the first two of a series of briefs that looks into the rules governing the new Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF), reviews New York’s experience with the regular Contingency Fund, and explores the situations under which New York may qualify for ECF funds.

Also see Part III (August 11, 2009) – How New York Could Use … (read more)

NYC nonprofit sector the largest private employer: A vital part of the safety net, source of jobs for minorities

April 7, 2009. In New York City, nonprofits – health and human services and cultural organizations – employ nearly 500,000 workers, just over 15 percent of the total. The nonprofit sector includes hospitals, human service providers and arts organizations. How nonprofits fare in times of economic stress matters to all New Yorkers.

This report, written at the request of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, shows that the sector is growing, having added more than 50,000 jobs 2000-2007, … (read more)

The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Nonprofits in the Bronx

March 13, 2009. A presentation by James Parrott at Navigating the Fiscal Crisis: A Forum for Non-Profits, sponsored by the Bronx Forum, a partnership of the Bronx Borough President’s Office, Hostos Community College, and Jewish Community Relations Council of NY/CAUSE-NY. Presentation >>(read more)