Jobs, Wages & Income

Testimony before the Assembly Standing Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry and Assembly Committee on Small Business

May 11, 1999. The Upstate Economy: Testimony delivered by James Parrott, Deputy Director and Chief Economist, Fiscal Policy Institute, Albany, New York.

Thank you for the opportunity to testify on the economic development challenges facing Upstate New York. The lagging performance of the upstate economies is a serious issue. Weak job growth for an extended period in the 1990s has restrained income growth and the resulting lack of job opportunities has, unfortunately but not unexpectedly, led many people to give … (read more)

Living Standards in New York City: The Foundation of Quality of Life

April 15, 1999. City Project used this brief (available in pdf) for its Alterbudget agenda.

Living Standards in New York City – The Foundation of Quality of Life

Any discussion of quality of life in New York City needs to consider what is happening to living standards. Indeed, a decent income that provides for basic human material needs – shelter, food, medical care, clothing, etc. – should be the starting point for gauging a community’s “quality of life”. In … (read more)

Text of March 16,1999 letter from Nancy L. Johnson sent individually to all 50 governors

March 16, 1999

The Honorable John G. Rowland Governor of Connecticut 210 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT 06106

Dear John:

Most states have not been spending all the federal dollars that have been allocated to them under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. According to our budget analysts, states have about $6 billion in unspent funds left over from fiscal years 1997 and 1998. My colleagues and I on the Committee on Ways and Means are fighting to … (read more)

H.R.1060: The Distorting Subsidies Limitation Act

March 10, 1999. This legislation, introduced in the U. S. House of Representatives by Congressman David Minge, is based on a plan developed by officials of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota. The legislation is intended to reduce the pressure that states and cities currently face to participate in the “Economic War Among the States” by having the federal government tax away the benefits that corporations receive in the form of state and local government subsidies.

Main Sponsor: U. S. … (read more)

Working but Poor in New York

March 8, 1999. This report from the Fiscal Policy Institute (revised in July 1999) outlines why and how to improve the economic situation of a hard-working but ignored population. Report below; also see press release.

Working but Poor in New York

Table of Contents

  1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Executive Summary
  4. Working but Poor in New York
    1. Many New Yorkers Work but Remain Poor
    2. New York’s Poverty Rate Has Remained High While the National Rate Has Dropped Steadily
    3. Most Poor Families Include a
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Report Shows That More Than One Million New Yorkers Are Poor Despite Work

March 8, 1999. Highlights of a report released today are given in this press release:

According to a new report issued today by the Fiscal Policy Institute, New York State’s economy is not working for low-income working families. The new study, Working but Poor in New York: Improving the Economic Situation of a Hard-Working but Ignored Population, found that more than one million New Yorkers live below the poverty level despite the fact that they are members of households with … (read more)

Practical Action is Necessary to Ensure that People Doing Necessary Jobs Receive a Living Wage

December 8, 1998. New from the Fiscal Policy Institute:

The Fiscal Policy Institute today joined with two national organizations, Jobs with Justice and the National Priorities Project, and state and local organizations throughout the country, in recommending four practical strategies for closing the gap between CEO and worker pay. These groups also highlighted several ways in which federal and state government can assist working families in making ends meet and moving up the economic ladder.

To underscore the need for … (read more)

Minimum Wage Hikes Boosted Earnings Without Job Loss: Low-income Families Reap Benefits as Intended

May 18, 1998. New from the Fiscal Policy Institute:

Press release

“The minimum wage increases that took effect in 1996 and 1997 did exactly what they were supposed to do: More than a half million New York workers got a raise, with most of the benefits going to low-income families,” said Frank Mauro, executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI), a progressive think tank based in Latham, NY, that is supported by labor unions, foundations, religious organizations and a … (read more)

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Corporate Tax Policy and the Right to Know: Improving State Tax Policymaking by Enhancing Legislative and Public Access

December 1993. A report prepared for the Fiscal Policy Institute by Richard D. Pomp, the Alva P. Loiselle Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut’s School of Law and the former Executive Director of New York State’s Legislative Tax Study Commission.… (read more)