New York’s unemployment insurance system: A vital safety net for New York workers and their families during economic downturns

March 12, 2008. The unemployment insurance system serves as government’s first responder to economic problems. This brief shows that New York could get more economic charge from the program. In a volatile economy with frequent layoffs and job changes, a strengthened unemployment insurance program will help boost the economy of every county in the state.… (read more)

Will Education Funding Promises be Broken?

February 14, 2008. FPI prepared the data for this report this report from the Alliance for Quality Education – showing that the proposed cuts in foundation aid in the executive budget disproportionately hurt students from poor households. The districts outside of New York City with the highest proportion of poverty (districts in which, on average, 60 percent of students live in poverty) face 20 percent of the proposed cuts despite having only 15 percent of all students in the state. … (read more)

Testimony on the 2008-2009 Executive Budget – Human Services

February 5, 2008. Testimony submitted by FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick to the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees. Renwick explains several important policy opportunities for New York: increase the basic welfare grant; liberalize the earned income disregard; finance the Earned Income Tax Credit from the General Fund; and take child care funding out of the Flexible Fund for Family Services (FFFS), to ensure that adequate resources go for this essential work support. Renwick includes a series of … (read more)

The advantages of a career pathways job training program

January 24, 2008. Statement of Trudi Renwick, Senior Economist Before the Assembly Standing Committee on Higher Education. Such a program would contribute to a comprehensive strengthening of New York’s postsecondary education system.… (read more)

Family’s experiment with welfare grant shows need for a boost in funding

January 22, 2008. A letter to the editor by FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick, Albany Times-Union.(read more)

The Health Care and Social Costs of the Uninsured in New York State

December 5, 2007. Using analysis from the Urban Institute and data from the New York State Department of Health, FPI estimates the distribution, by county, of full-year non-elderly uninsured, the cost of uncompensated care, and the social costs of uninsured.… (read more)

TANF Spending in New York

October 24, 2007. A presentation by FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick at a meeting convened by the New York Children’s Action Network (New York CAN) Income Security Subcommittee.… (read more)

Property Taxes on Long Island: Zeroing in on the Problems and Solutions

October 15, 2007. This report takes a fresh look at the property tax “crisis” and finds that: flawed evaluations have resulted in flawed solutions, taxpayers in poorer districts struggle the most, and voters in wealthy districts choose to pay for high quality schools while voters in poorer districts have a much higher rate of rejecting school budgets. Two oft-touted reforms have a negative impact on local control and school equity; circuit breaker reform in contrast can be well targeted to … (read more)

Testimony on the adequacy of the public assistance grant in New York State

September 28, 2007.  Testimony presented by FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick to the Assembly Standing Committee on Social Services.… (read more)

Testimony on paid family leave

September 20, 2007. Testimony on paid family leave. Presented by FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick to the Senate Democratic Conference in Albany, and by FPI Director of Communications Jo Brill to Senator Maziarz in Niagara Falls.… (read more)