Jobs, Wages & Income

Economists’ Statement on the Minimum Wage

June 8, 2001. The pdf version of this letter, which was sent to state senators, includes the list of signers.

We 80+ economists from throughout New York support an increase in the state minimum wage to $6.75 an hour. The Assembly has already passed a bill to this effect, and we urge you to join in this bipartisan effort to make work pay in New York State.

Increasing the minimum wage to $6.75 in 2002 and tying further increases to … (read more)

Minimum wage hike would boost workers left behind by the economic expansion

February 7, 2001. Minimum wage hike would boost workers left behind by the economic expansion. The current proposal to increase the Federal minimum wage by $1.50 in 3 steps between now and 2003 would directly benefit more than 520,000 New York workers. Press release >>(read more)

New York Stock Exchange Subsidy Deal

January 8, 2001. Testimony delivered at the Public Hearing of the Empire State Development Corporation on the New York Stock Exchange Project Held Pursuant to the Eminent Domain Procedure Law, Alexander Hamilton United States Customs House.

James A. Parrott, Deputy Director and Chief Economist, Fiscal Policy Institute, testified:

My name is James Parrott and I am the Deputy Director and Chief Economist of the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI). FPI was established in 1991 and is a nonpartisan, non-profit research and … (read more)

Building a Ladder to Jobs and Higher Wages

October 1, 2000. New York’s public and private leaders can create more jobs, expand training and educational opportunities, and ensure that work is a path out of poverty. This report from the Working Group on New York City’s Low-Wage Labor Market examines the current nature of the city’s low-wage labor market and includes a comprehensive set of policy recommendations to address the labor market problems of New York City’s growing low-wage labor force. FPI was a member of the working … (read more)

The Self Sufficiency Standard for New York: How Much Do New Yorkers Really Need to Make Ends Meet?

September 13, 2000. Today, the members of the New York State Self-Sufficiency Standard Steering Committee released the Self Sufficiency Standard for New York report in Albany. The report is authored by Dr. Diana Pearce who currently teaches at the School of Social Work at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Pearce has developed these Standards for 12 other states.

Full report here, county-by county standards here. Executive summary, press release and committee members below. Also see the article … (read more)

Family Needs Far Exceed the Official Poverty Line

September 13, 2000. An article in the New York Times by Nina Bernstein, focusing on a new report on what families really face in terms of basic expenses – The Self Sufficiency Standard for New York.

Carol Williams did not need an economic study to prove that her $24,000-a-year job as an administrative assistant could not support three children in New York, even when squeezed into a one-bedroom, $600-a-month apartment in the Bronx.

“By the time I paid my … (read more)

County-by-County Self-Sufficiency Standards

September 13, 2000. Click on the county or metropolitan area you are interested in to download an Excel file with the estimates of the Self-Sufficiency Standard for 70 specific family types.

Metropolitan Areas Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY MSA Albany County Montgomery County Renesselaer County Schenectady County Schoharie County 

Binghamton, NY MSA Broome County Tioga County

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY PMSA Erie County Niagara

Dutchess County, NY PMSA Dutchess County

Elmira, NY MSA Chemung County

Glens Falls, NY MSA Warren County Washington County

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Testimony before the Rockland County Legislature’s Public Hearing on Proposed Living Wage Law

September 5, 2000. FPI’s Zofia Nowakowski testified:

Good evening.

My name is Zofia Nowakowski and I am a research analyst from the Fiscal Policy Institute. We are a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that undertakes research and education on tax, budget, and economic issues affecting low and middle-income New Yorkers. We have two offices, one in Albany under the direction of our Executive Director Frank Mauro, who was previously secretary of the Ways and Means Committee of the New York State Assembly. … (read more)

State of Working New York 2000: Still Waiting for Prosperity

September 2, 2000. FPI’s Labor Day 2000 report: New York’s working families are still waiting for prosperity. Wage and income gains lag for most New Yorkers.

“While workers in most of the nation are experiencing strong wage and income growth, the situation facing New York’s working men and women is improving at a snail’s pace,” said Frank Mauro, executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute.  Mauro’s comments were … (read more)

De-escalating the “Economic War Among the States” and Reforming the Development Subsidy Game

August 2, 2000. A presentation by Frank J. Mauro, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute, at the Syracuse University Continuing Education Program’s Summer Lecture Series, “The Role of Financial Incentives in State and Local Economic Development.”

Throughout our nation’s history, state and local governments have done much to facilitate the growth and development of the American economy. They built an impressive physical infrastructure and developed the nation’s human capital without which our private sector economy could not have prospered. In fact, … (read more)