July 9, 2013. All three of New York City’s citywide elected offices will have new faces in 2014. Mayor Michael Bloomberg cannot run for re-election because of the city’s term limits law, while Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Comptroller John Liu are both running for Mayor rather than seeking re-election to their current offices. As voters consider a large field of mayoral candidates, as well as contenders for the other two citywide offices, the five borough presidencies and … (read more)
Economic development policies
June 11, 2013. This brief concludes that Tax-Free New York is bad tax policy and bad economic development policy. From a tax policy perspective, the Tax-Free NY proposal is inconsistent with the two long-established pillars of tax fairness—horizontal equity and vertical equity. In addition, New York State’s past experience with geographically-targeted business tax incentives should raise huge red flags regarding the efficacy of the proposal as an economic development strategy.
Besides being diametrically opposed to the principles of tax fairness, … (read more)
May 25, 2012. Tax reform advocacy groups from around the state gathered on May 22 to remind the Governor that he pledged to create a tax reform commission in his State of the State address earlier this year. News coverage:
- “Omnibus members question Cuomo’s tax plans” – a post by Rick Karlin, Albany Times Union Capitol Confidential blog.
- “Groups Urge Tax Reform” – a post by Joseph Spector, Albany Watch blog. Includes a video of Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers
January 12, 2012. Governor Cuomo emphasizes the need to close loopholes. This column by Frank Mauro – excerpt below – was published by 99% New York.
Delivering on this objective will require an unbiased review of the litany of tax breaks that have enacted over the years in the name of economic development. Which ones actually create jobs and which ones do not? Which ones should be retained intact, which ones should be repealed, and which ones should be reformed? … (read more)
October 11, 2011. Enhanced MTA investments could create good jobs and bolster New York’s recovery. While unemployment news remains bleak across the state and country, a recently released white paper, Building New York’s Future: Creating Jobs and Business Opportunities Through Mass Transit Investments, points to the benefits of a broad transit manufacturing strategy. A new group – Building New York’s Future – has formed with the mission of developing and implementing a mass-transit related economic development strategy, building political … (read more)
Building New York’s Future: Creating Jobs and Business Opportunities Through Mass Transit Investments
September 27, 2011. This white paper finds that as New York comes out of the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression, the state can and should pursue a mass transit-related manufacturing strategy, positioning itself as a leader in sustainable transportation while creating good, middle class jobs for New Yorkers. Working toward broad political commitment and securing adequate funding for New York’s transit authorities’ capital and operating budgets, and for national mass transit infrastructure, are necessary complements.… (read more)
New Analysis of Subsidized Projects Finds Low Wages Common: City subsidies exceed $2 billion annually
March 8, 2011. A report from FPI, Good Jobs New York and the National Employment Law Project examines the low wages typically paid for many of the permanent jobs at city-subsidized economic development projects such as Bronx Gateway Mall, Fresh Direct and Yankee Stadium. An update of analysis originally conducted last May, the study finds that significant numbers of low-wage jobs are being created with New York City tax dollars, jobs for which starting pay is as low as the … (read more)
December 7, 2010. Over $8 billion a year goes to “back door” spending in the name of job creation. This new report from FPI identifies $5.4 billion a year in state government “back door” spending in the name of economic development and job creation. An additional $2.8 billion a year is being drained from New York’s local government budgets because of a variety of tax expenditures in state law. In these tough budget times, these billions of dollars in business … (read more)
Background on the Economists Selected by the New York City Economic Development Corporation for Its Living Wage Study
October 27, 2010. City policymakers deserve the benefit of a rigorous study that looks at the actual costs and benefits of extending living wage standards to subsidized development projects. This brief looks at the track record of the lead economist, David Neumark, for the management consulting firm selected by the New York City Economic Development Corporation to conduct a study of the possible economic impact of wage requirements on projects subsidized by the City. The brief examines the extensive criticism … (read more)