Social Security

Social Security and Medicare programs speak to American values

August 9, 2012. An op ed by Dr. Brent Kramer and Dr. Susan Birns from the Berkshire Eagle. Kramer is an adjunct assistant professor of economics at the City University of New York and a research associate at FPI. Birns is professor of Sociology/Anthropology/Social Work at MCLA and board president of the Elizabeth Freeman Center.

Economists’ Statement Opposing the Lazio Tax Proposal

July 18, 2008. Over 110 economists from throughout New York state say the Lazio tax cut proposals are economically and socially irresponsible, jeopardizing Social Security and Medicare. Full statement, followed by a list of the economists endorsing it.

Several weeks ago, eight Nobel laureates and over 300 other economists issued a public statement opposing the large-scale tax cuts that are the centerpiece of presidential candidate George W. Bush’s economic proposals.

We, the undersigned, as economists who live and/or work in… (read more)

The Future of Social Security: Where are We Going?

June 12, 2005. A presentation given by FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick at a Rockland County Community College forum.

One Million Elderly New Yorkers Rely on Social Security for At Least Half Their Income

March 23, 2005. News from the Fiscal Policy Institute:

More than one million elderly New Yorkers depend on Social Security for at least half their income and 571,000 depend on Social Security for more than 90% of their income, according to a new study released today by the Fiscal Policy Institute and the Economic Policy Institute.  The study, Social Security and the Income of the Elderly, co-authored by Michael Ettlinger, director of the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) and EPI economist Jeff… (read more)

Social Security Keeps More than 800,000 Elderly New Yorkers Out of Poverty

November 18, 2004. Pooling the three most recent years of data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, this issue of Fiscal Policy Note$estimates poverty rates with and without Social Security benefits for the elderly in New York.

New York Workers Lost Billions in Retirement Assets Due to Stock Market Decline

September 20, 2002. A new report from the Institute for America’s Future estimates that workers and retirees in New York lost $10.78 billion in 401(k) assets in 2001.  This report also assesses recent congressional action on retirement security issues. FPI co-released the report in New York.

Testimony of Frank Mauro to the President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security

September 2001.  Testimony.

Testimony of FPI Senior Economist Moshe Adler to the President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security

September 2001.  Testimony.

Social Security Protects 253,000 New Yorkers Under Age 40

September 27, 2000. Despite widespread public perception that Social Security is only for seniors, 253,000 young people in New York receive monthly benefits through the Social Security disability and survivors insurance programs. A new report, Young Social Security Beneficiaries in New York, discusses the impact that Social Security privatization would have on this vulnerable population. Press release below.

Social Security, America’s Most Important Safety Net Program, Protects 253,000 New Yorkers Under Age 40

These and other recipients of… (read more)

Strengthening Social Security and Medicare – Rhetoric and Reality in the 2000 Election

September 13, 2000. Remarks of Frank J. Mauro, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute, at the retiree luncheon hosted today in New Paltz by the United University Professions, Capital District Region.

Many issues of importance to retired and soon-to-be -retired Americans are being fought out in this year’s election campaigns. Of these issues, the most important relate to the strengthening of Social Security and Medicare. I use the term “strengthening” to encompass both the protection of the benefits available under the… (read more)