Other income support programs

Increasing access to food stamps would boost the New York City Economy

October 17, 2006. Currently, the flow of federal food stamps into New York City – about $1.4 billion annually to nearly 1.1 million people at an average benefit of $110 per person per month – supports 9,600 jobs and $850 million of annual economic activity. This issue of Fiscal Policy Note$ finds that if access to the program were expanded so that all those eligible were participating, food stamp spending would increase by $355 million. This spending would create 2,300 … (read more)

Time to trim pensions of city workers?

June 11, 2006. Point/counterpoint on public pension policy in the New York Daily News.

No.  Municipal workers deserve a decent retirement. By James A. Parrott, Fiscal Policy Institute

While Mayor Bloomberg is taking a prudent step in establishing a retiree health trust fund, he has taken a wrong turn in seeking to reduce pension benefits for newly hired city workers.

Many large corporations, from United Airlines to Delphi to IBM, have destroyed or diluted the promises they made to … (read more)

Regulating the Financial Sector in New York: Have the Activities of the State Attorney General Been Good or Bad for the Industry?

May 2006. Full Report >>

Executive Summary

Following the bursting of the “dot-com” and stock market bubbles of the late 1990s, and several widely publicized corporate-finance scandals, new federal regulations were put into place, most notably the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. At the State level, local regulatory institutions also focused new attention on the financial-services sector. In particular, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) of New York State has been extremely active in investigating various financial-services firms in New York. These … (read more)

$90 million in TANF Funds Trapped in Budget Limbo

May 24, 2006. Advocates call upon Governor to adopt legislature’s bi-partisan agreement on TANF Funds. Press release below. Also see attachments: The Allocation of the New York’s TANF Block Grant Funds for 2006-07 and Flexible Fund for Family Services allocations by county.

Assemblymember Deborah Glick and Advocates for Low-Income New Yorkers held a press conference today at the Legislative Office Building to urge Governor Pataki to stop playing politics with federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant … (read more)

Over $1 Billion in TANF Block Grant Funds Trapped in Budget Limbo

May 3, 2006. Groups call upon the Governor to adopt the legislature’s bi-partisan agreement on use of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds. Joint release from New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, the Fiscal Policy Institute, the Hunger Action Network of New York State and the Empire Justice Center:

Advocates for Low-Income New Yorkers held a press conference today at the Legislative Office Building to urge Governor Pataki to stop playing politics with over $1 billion in federal Temporary Assistance to … (read more)

The Implementation and Effectiveness of New York’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

February 1, 2006. Testimony presented before the Assembly Standing Committees on Energy, Social Services and Aging joint hearing.… (read more)

Vulnerable New Yorkers Would Lose up to $4.4 Billion in Federal Funding under House Budget Plan

March 30, 2005. The Senate’s plan has considerably smaller cuts in basic low-income programs. Will the Senate accede to the harsher House budget? A press release from the Fiscal Policy Institute.

Contact:  Trudi Renwick, 518-786-3156

New York’s share of federal funding cuts in key programs that assist our state’s low-income elderly residents, families with children, and people with disabilities could be as much as $4.4 billion over the next five years under the budget plan the House passed earlier this … (read more)

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)

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)

Partial Sanctions Have Not Led To Smaller Caseload Declines

July 26, 2002. By David Carroll of the California Budget Project and FPI’s Trudi Renwick. Brief in PDF..

Current federal law requires states to penalize families whose members do not comply with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) requirements. However, states have the flexibility to choose partial sanctions (benefit reductions), full sanctions (elimination of the families’ entire public assistance payments), or a combination of the two. California, New York, and 13 other states have chosen to use the partial … (read more)