Economic Security & Opportunity

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)

Major education organizations release analysis showing 64 percent of school districts face cuts in excess of $15,000 per classroom

February 22, 2009. The Fiscal Policy Institute joined with the Alliance for Quality Education and other groups to publicize the grim truth about Governor Paterson’s $2.5 billion in school aid cuts. Nearly two thirds of school districts face cuts in excess of $15,000 per classroom, and sixty districts face cuts over $30,000 per classroom. Education committee chairwomen Assemblywoman Nolan and Senator Oppenheimer joined education advocates in calling for school aid restorations; the organizations called for fair share tax reform. Release (read more)

School Finance On Long Island: An Analysis of State and Local Funding Patterns

January 30, 2009. FPI researched and wrote this paper for the Rauch Foundation as a supplemental report to Long Island Index 2009, a study of how Long Island is faring as a region. The index includes reports on specific indicators selected to reflect region-wide impact and interests, and identifies emerging trends and gaps that should be addressed now to avoid future problems. FPI was also cited widely in another section of the Index, Long Island’s Educational Structure. Read (read more)

Improving New York: Funding Public Higher Education

January 25, 2009. Peter Pollak of empirepage.com interviews David Dyssegaard Kallick.… (read more)

New York’s Underinvestment in Public Higher Education

January 15, 2009. After more than a decade of financial support falling short of growing enrollment, the executive budget calls for cuts to SUNY and CUNY – at the same time that more students seek post-secondary opportunities during the economic downturn.

Governor Paterson’s proposed 2009-2010 budget features reductions in state aid to CUNY and SUNY, despite a projected increase in enrollment for 2009-2010. This report details the context for the cuts – a decade of underinvestment – and makes the … (read more)