August 22, 2013. The best way for New York State to grow its economy is by expanding investment in a well-educated workforce, according to a new study published by Economic Policy Institute for the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN). EARN is a network of 61 state and local economic think tanks and 25 national partners founded by the Economic Policy Institute and several other state and national groups, including the Fiscal Policy Institute.
Economic development policies
July 9, 2013. Despite the concerns raised by economists across the political spectrum, a somewhat revised version (A. 8113 and S. 5903) of Governor Cuomo’s “Tax-Free New York” proposal was introduced on June 20, 2013, passed by both houses of the Legislature on June 21, 2013, and signed into law by the Governor on June 24, 2013. The Fiscal Policy Institute’s June 11, 2013 brief on the original proposal concluded that that it was bad tax policy and bad … (read more)
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)
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)