Income distribution, inequality and poverty

Statement from Frank Mauro on the New Poverty Data Released Today by the United States Census Bureau

August 28, 2007. Worrisome trends: New York continues to have the highest poverty rate of all of the northeastern and northern industrial states. The poverty rates in New York’s major upstate cities are incredibly high. Median household income is flat. Press release with statement >>(read more)

Income Numbers Show a Changing City

June 21, 2007. An article by James Parrott, who writes monthly for Gotham Gazette’s Economy section. Article >>(read more)

New York needs a Statewide Commission on Economic Security and Poverty

June 14, 2007. FPI joined the New York State Community Action Association (NYSCAA) and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness in calling on Governor Spitzer and the New York State Legislature to establish a commission on economic security to advise policymakers on how to help low income families get ahead. Over 100 organizations from around the state joined in the request. Group press release >>(read more)

How to fix the income gap

April 9, 2007. A letter to the editor by James Parrott. New York Times.(read more)

One New York: An Agenda for Shared Prosperity

November 20, 2006. One New York: An Agenda for Shared Prosperity is a comprehensive look at the economic and fiscal policy recommendations New York needs to strengthen the economy in each region of the state and to strengthen the middle class.

One New York: full report, executive summary, press release (also below)


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Poverty in New York Fails to Decline Despite Four Years of Economic “Growth”

August 29, 2006. New data suggests the need to reinvigorate efforts to combat poverty: FPI’s analysis of the new poverty, income and health insurance data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Press release with supporting tables >>(read more)

Pulling Apart: Gap Between New York’s Wealthiest and Poorest is Widest in the Nation

January 26, 2006. New studies find that New York has the most unequal income distribution of the 50 states. And the situation in the Empire State has gotten much worse over the last two decades. This is among the findings of a new report from FPI, Pulling Apart in New York: An Analysis of Income Trends in New York, by the Fiscal Policy Institute. Also see Pulling Apart: A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends, a new analysis of … (read more)

Little in the Middle

September 4, 2005. An op ed by David Dyssegaard Kallick, New York Times.

ON this Labor Day weekend, here’s something to think about: New York City’s middle class is shrinking. Once a solidly middle-class place, New York has become a city of rich and poor.

What’s going on, in part, is a worrisome shift in the structure of the New York job market. The economic boom of the 1990’s didn’t do much to lift middle-income New Yorkers; people in … (read more)

Low-wage New York workers deserve a raise

November 29, 2004. A letter to the editor by FPI’s senior economist, Trudi Renwick, Albany Times Union.

Your Nov. 12 editorial about the rise of poverty among working families in New York correctly pointed out that one solution to this problem would be an increase in the state’s minimum wage.

In July, both the Senate and Assembly passed a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage.

The bill, which would have established a state minimum wage of $6 per … (read more)

State of Working New York 2004: Recovery Yet to Arrive for Many New York Workers and Their Families

September 6, 2004. The U.S. job market overall is still too weak to broadly distribute the benefits of the growing economy. The slack labor market has led to a situation in which wages have started to fall behind inflation. Press release with New York figures below or link to press release with tables and graphs.

FPI’s State of Working New York series, published biennially since 1999, provides comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the data available on the conditions … (read more)