Public assistance

The Impact of Federal TANF Reauthorization in New York

March 2, 2006. This report is based on testimony presented by FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick to the Assembly Standing Committee on Social Services.… (read more)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Spending in New York

December 27, 2005. This report, by FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick, reviews the evolution, over the past nine years, of New York State’s use of its federal TANF block grant funds and the related “Maintenance of Effort” (MOE) resources. It also presents a preliminary review of the implementation, by social services districts across the state, of the Flexible Fund for Family Services (FFFS), New York’s new state-to-local block grant.… (read more)

The Effect of Welfare Reform in NYS

September 21, 2005. Testimony by Trudi Renwick, FPI senior economist, before the NYS Assembly Committee on Social Services.… (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)

Testimony presented at the New York State Legislature’s Joint Budget Hearing on Human Services

February 7, 2005. Analysis of: the ways in which the 2005-2006 Executive Budget proposes to utilize the state’s federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant; the Governor’s proposal to reduce the earned income disregard for long term cases and to impose full family sanctions on families out of compliance with work requirements; the Governor’s proposal to provide an enhanced earned income tax credit for noncustodial parents; ways in which the Unemployment Insurance system could be reformed; and how … (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)

The Impact of the 2004-2005 Executive Budget on Needy New Yorkers

February 11, 2004. FPI’s testimony at the Legislature’s Joint Budget Hearing on Human Services. Includes updated tables on TANF block grant spending. (PDF)… (read more)

TANF and Child Care Spending in New York

April 28, 2003. Update from the Fiscal Policy Institute.… (read more)

Testimony at the Legislature’s Joint Budget Hearing on Human Services

March 3, 2003. Includes updated tables on TANF block grant spending, minimum wage workers, disposable income of New York SSI recipients, and each county’s public assistance shelter allowance as a percent of its Fair Market Rent. Testimony >>(read more)

Recommendations on the Reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program

February 2002. This report was jointly developed by officials of the Schuyler Center for Advocacy and Analysis (SCAA) and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), and is supported by the other relevant agencies of state government, the Governor’s office, and a broad array of human service advocacy organization statewide.… (read more)