Jobs, Wages & Income

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)

Government Subsidies, Living Wages and the Building Service Industry

July 25, 2000. Testimony by James A. Parrott before the City Council of the City of New York Labor Committee Hearing.

My name is James Parrott. Thank you for this opportunity to testify on the question of wages and working conditions in companies that receive economic development subsidies from the City. I am the Deputy Director and Chief Economist of the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI). FPI is a non-partisan, non-profit public policy research organization that deals with New York City … (read more)

Family Self Sufficiency Standard: Steering Committee

Informational Meetings on: The Self-Sufficiency Standard for New York

How much do New Yorkers need to earn to meet all their basic needs? How can subsidies help?

The Self-Sufficiency Standard for New York is the thirteenth state in a series of such standards, developed by Dr. Diana Pearce. The Self-Sufficiency Standard shows how much is enough for families to meet their basic needs. It covers costs for housing, child care, food, transportation, medical care, miscellaneous expenses, and taxes. It also … (read more)