Events

2016 State Budget Briefing in NYC

On Friday morning, February 12, 2016, the Fiscal Policy Institute will present its New York State budget briefing in New York City at Community Service Society (CSS). Please note that CSS has moved locations. Check-in and refreshments will begin at 10:30 a.m. Our presentation begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at noon. We hope that you and/or members of your staff will be able to join us for what we are confident will be a useful and informative session. You can RSVP online here.

The briefing will examine various aspects of the Governor’s Executive Budget including such topics as:

  • Income Inequality in New York State: How do the governor’s budget proposals and our current tax system affect this major problem? We will provide the most recent research and analysis on the issue.
  • Minimum Wage: Increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour will be one of the most hotly debated topics this session. We will present the most recent findings and analysis from FPI and our national partners on the economic impacts of this proposal. To ensure that all hard-working New Yorkers are included under the $15 minimum wage, FPI will also examine why the state needs to increase funding for human service workers providing essential public services under state contract or Medicaid reimbursements.
  • Austerity Budgeting/Financial Plan: What are the impacts of continued austerity spending resulting from the governor’s self-imposed 2 percent state spending cap? Is it necessary to continue this austerity spending which will result in billions in unspecified cuts in out years when incomes and tax receipts are growing faster than 2 percent per year? The governor’s financial plan assumes the expiration of the temporary personal income tax surcharges set to sunset in 2017. FPI will present an alternative tax proposal to create a more equitable rate structure for NYS.
  • 2016-17 Executive Budget: What are the major policy issues that the governor addresses in the Executive Budget? What are the glaring omissions in the issues being addressed? What is the overall impact of the governor’s proposed budget on the ability of the state to meet its major social and economic challenges and opportunities such as the exceptionally high child poverty rates in the major upstate cities? We provide our analysis of the governor’s proposals on taxes, education, human services, economic development, bank settlement funds, infrastructure, local government, minimum wage, and more.
  • Shared Opportunity Agenda for New York: FPI will outline progressive public policies that can be adopted to ensure that we create more shared opportunities to help lift New Yorkers out of poverty and provide avenues for upward mobility.

If you have any questions about the February 12th briefing or about any budget or economic policy issues, please contact us by telephone at 518-786-3156 or by e-mail at info@fiscalpolicy.org. For more information on FPI and its work, and for copies of all of FPI’s publications, please visit our website at www.fiscalpolicy.org.

Please register by Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

2016 Annual Budget Briefing in Albany

On Wednesday morning, February 3, 2016, the Fiscal Policy Institute will present its twenty-sixth annual budget briefing in the Albany Room on the concourse level of the Empire State Plaza. Please note the venue change for this year’s briefing. A complimentary breakfast and check-in will begin at 8:15 a.m. Our presentation begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 10:00 a.m. We hope that you and/or members of your staff will be able to join us for what we are confident will be a useful and informative session. You can RSVP online here.

The briefing will examine various aspects of the Governor’s Executive Budget including such topics as:

  • Income Inequality in New York State: How do the governor’s budget proposals and our current tax system affect this major problem? We will provide the most recent research and analysis on the issue.
  • Minimum Wage: Increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour will be one of the most hotly debated topics this session. We will present the most recent findings and analysis from FPI and our national partners on the economic impacts of this proposal. To ensure that all hard-working New Yorkers are included under the $15 minimum wage, FPI will also examine why the state needs to increase funding for human service workers providing essential public services under state contract or Medicaid reimbursements.
  • Austerity Budgeting/Financial Plan: What are the impacts of continued austerity spending resulting from the governor’s self-imposed 2 percent state spending cap? Is it necessary to continue this austerity spending which will result in billions in unspecified cuts in out years when incomes and tax receipts are growing faster than 2 percent per year? The governor’s financial plan assumes the expiration of the temporary personal income tax surcharges set to sunset in 2017. FPI will present an alternative tax proposal to create a more equitable rate structure for NYS.
  • 2016-17 Executive Budget: What are the major policy issues that the governor addresses in the Executive Budget? What are the glaring omissions in the issues being addressed? What is the overall impact of the governor’s proposed budget on the ability of the state to meet its major social and economic challenges and opportunities such as the exceptionally high child poverty rates in the major upstate cities? We provide our analysis of the governor’s proposals on taxes, education, human services, economic development, bank settlement funds, infrastructure, local government, minimum wage, and more.
  • Shared Opportunity Agenda for New York: FPI will outline progressive public policies that can be adopted to ensure that we create more shared opportunities to help lift New Yorkers out of poverty and provide avenues for upward mobility.

If you have any questions about the February 3rd briefing or about any budget or economic policy issues, please contact us by telephone at 518-786-3156 or by e-mail at info@fiscalpolicy.org. For more information on FPI and its work, and for copies of all of FPI’s publications, please visit our website at www.fiscalpolicy.org.

Please register by Monday, February 1, 2016.

2015 FPI Annual Breakfast

December 3, 2015, Manhattan. FPI’s 2015 annual breakfast fundraiser will honor Jennifer Jones Austin, Barbara Bowen, and Bob Herbert.

Real Living Wage NYC Educational Breakfast Forum

April 23, 2015, Manhattan. James Parrott delivered this presentation at the Community Church of New York for the Real Living Wage NYC Educational Forum, a gathering of New York City faith leaders committed to a “faith-based movement for racial and economic justice.

Parrott uses the 2014 NYC Self-Sufficiency Standard as a basis for identifying a “real living wage” level for New York City.

Briefing on the Mayor’s Preliminary 2016 NYC Budget

On Tuesday morning, March 10, 2015, the Fiscal Policy Institute presented its annual New York City budget briefing to the Economic Justice and Social Welfare Network at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. The briefing is open to the public.

The topics covered during the briefing included:

  • An overview of the Mayor’s Preliminary FY 2016 Budget proposal, with a particular focus on new human services spending initiatives in the context of changes in human services spending in recent years.
  • The social and economic context in New York City at the beginning of 2015: the unevenness of the recovery and wage, income and employment trends. The presentation will review the extent and persistence of low wages in the social services contract sector and discuss changes needed to raise wages in that sector.
  • The impact on New York City and its budget of the Governor’s proposed 2015-2016 Executive Budget.
  • Highlights of FPI’s recent report on NYC tax trends and discuss priorities for NYC tax reform.

2015 State Budget Briefing in NYC

On Tuesday morning, February 12, 2015, the Fiscal Policy Institute will present a New York State Budget briefing to the Economic Justice and Social Welfare Network at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. The briefing presentation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The briefing is open to the public. To register for this free event, please click here.

The briefing will examine various aspects of the governor’s Executive Budget including such topics as:

  • Austerity Budgeting/Financial Plan: What are the impacts of continued austerity spending resulting from the governor’s self-imposed 2 percent state spending cap?  Is it necessary to continue this austerity spending which will result in billions in unspecified cuts in out years when incomes and tax receipts are growing 4-6 percent per year?
  • 2015-16 Executive Budget: What are the major policy issues that the governor addresses in the Executive Budget? Are there any glaring omissions in the issues being addressed? What is the overall impact of the governor’s proposed budget on the ability of the state to meet its major social and economic challenges and opportunities such as the exceptionally high child poverty rates in the major Upstate cities?
  • Shared Opportunity Agenda for New York: FPI will outline progressive public policies that can be adopted to ensure that we create more “shared opportunities” to help lift New Yorkers out of poverty and provide avenues for upward mobility.

If you have any questions about the February 12th briefing or about any budget or economic policy issues, please contact us by telephone at 518-786-3156 or by e-mail at info@fiscalpolicy.org. For more information on FPI and its work, and for copies of all of FPI’s publications, please visit our website at www.fiscalpolicy.org.

Please register by Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

2015-2016 Annual Budget Briefing in Albany

On Tuesday morning, February 10, 2015, the Fiscal Policy Institute will present its twenty-fifth annual budget briefing in the Clark Auditorium of the New York State Museum on the concourse level of the Empire State Plaza. Please note the venue change for this year’s briefing. A complimentary continental breakfast will be available from 8:15 a.m. until our presentation begins at 9:00 a.m. We will finish promptly at 10:00 a.m. We hope that you and/or members of your staff will be able to join us for what we are confident will be a useful and informative session. You can RSVP online here.

The briefing will examine various aspects of the governor’s Executive Budget including such topics as:

  • Income Inequality in New York State: How does our current tax system exacerbate the problem? We will provide the most recent research and analysis on the issue.
  • Austerity Budgeting/Financial Plan: What are the impacts of continued austerity spending resulting from the governor’s self-imposed 2 percent state spending cap?  Is it necessary to continue this austerity spending which will result in billions in unspecified cuts in out years when incomes and tax receipts are growing 4-6 percent per year?
  • 2015-16 Executive Budget: What are the major policy issues that the governor addresses in the Executive Budget? Are there any glaring omissions in the issues being addressed? What is the overall impact of the governor’s proposed budget on the ability of the state to meet its major social and economic challenges and opportunities such as the exceptionally high child poverty rates in the major Upstate cities? We provide our analysis of the governor’s proposals on taxes, education, human services, economic development, bank settlement funds, local government, minimum wage and more.
  • Shared Opportunity Agenda for New York: FPI will outline progressive public policies that can be adopted to ensure that we create more “shared opportunities” to help lift New Yorkers out of poverty and provide avenues for upward mobility.

If you have any questions about the February 10th briefing or about any budget or economic policy issues, please contact us by telephone at 518-786-3156 or by e-mail at info@fiscalpolicy.org. For more information on FPI and its work, and for copies of all of FPI’s publications, please visit our website at www.fiscalpolicy.org.

Please register by Friday, February 6, 2015.

Local Fiscal Stress: State Austerity Policy and Creative Local Response

December 9, 2014, Saratoga Springs. Hosted by the Fiscal Policy Institute and Cornell University’s Community Regional Development Institute, this dynamic free event represented a collaboration of unions, management, municipalities, schools and academia. It built from the 2011 State of Upstate New York conference and the March 2014 State of Cities conference. Municipal and school district officials, union leaders, fiscal administrators, state legislators and staffers, New York State agency representatives are all invited to attend. For a two-page summary of the conference, click here. For further information on this conference, visit Cornell’s Community and Regional Development Institute web site.

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Should Nonprofits Be Mandated to Pay Living Wages?

November 5, 2014. James Parrott was a panelist for the Philanthropy New York program “”Should Nonprofits Be Mandated to Pay Living Wages, and What is Philanthropy’s Role?”. A live recording and a PDF of the presentation is available here.

Expanding Opportunities and Improving City Social Services Quality through a Career Ladder Approach

September 24, 2014. The City of New York delivers most human services through $5 billion in annual contracts with non-profit providers. However, there are insufficient opportunities for lower-level social service case workers at these providers to acquire the education needed to move up a career ladder to more responsibility and better compensation. The result is a two-tiered job market that confines many women of color to the lower tier making inadequate wages. Thisprogram, explored a unique opportunity to address this challenge.

Presenters

A PDF of the presentation is available here.