Jobs, Wages & Income

State of Working New York 2004: Recovery Yet to Arrive for Many New York Workers and Their Families

September 6, 2004. The U.S. job market overall is still too weak to broadly distribute the benefits of the growing economy. The slack labor market has led to a situation in which wages have started to fall behind inflation. Press release with New York figures below or link to press release with tables and graphs.

FPI’s State of Working New York series, published biennially since 1999, provides comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the data available on the conditions … (read more)

Setting the Record Straight: An Increase in New York’s Minimum Wage Will Help Those Who Need It

July 19, 2004. FPI has released three reports on this subject this year including estimates of the number of workers who would benefit from an increase for each of New York’s 62 counties. Recently, some critics have charged that an increase will fail to achieve the goal of alleviating poverty among the working poor. This issue of Fiscal Policy is being released to set the record straight. Report.… (read more)

How Will the Proposed West Side Stadium Complex Impact Our City?

June 3, 2004. Testimony before the NYC Council Economic Development Committee. Testimony >>(read more)

Testimony on Empire Zones Program Reform

April 26, 2004. Testimony presented by Frank Mauro before the New York State Assembly Committees on Ways and Means; Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry; Corporations, Authorities and Commissions; and Labor.… (read more)

State Minimum Wages and Employment in Small Businesses

April 21, 2004. This report examines the effects of minimum wages on employment and payrolls in small businesses. The analysis makes several comparisons between states with a higher minimum wage than the federal $5.15 minimum and all other states (i.e., those states where the $5.15 federal minimum prevails). Particular attention is paid to the retail sector, since that is the industry employing the most workers at low wages. Highlights below. Full report.

The last time the federal minimum wage … (read more)

Immigrant Workers and the Minimum Wage in New York City

March 25, 2004. Prepared by the Fiscal Policy Institute for the New York Immigration Coalition.  Includes detailed tables on the immigrant workforce in New York City. Read the report. (read more)

Rethinking Growth Strategies: How State and Local Taxes and Services Affect Economic Development

March 19, 2004. A new book by Robert G. Lynch from by the Economic Policy Institute. Lynch is Chair of the Economics Department at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and former chair of the Economics Department at SUNY Cortland.

Executive Summary

Creating jobs and growing the economy are top priorities for state and local officials. Their tools of choice to achieve these goals may, however, be the least effective among those available to them. Too often public officeholders first embrace … (read more)

New York’s Job Shift from Higher-Paying to Lower-Paying Industries

January 21, 2004.  An economic update from FPI. Also see press release.… (read more)

Building Jobs: A Blueprint for the “New” New York

January 2004. Prepared for the Building Trades Employers’ Association of New York and the Consortium for Worker Education. Report >>(read more)

Raising the Minimum Wage in New York: Helping Working Families and Improving the State’s Economy

January 11, 2004. A comprehensive introduction to the issues surrounding the debate over increasing New York State’s minimum wage. Press release and report.… (read more)