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Continuing New York’s Legacy of Providing Health Care Coverage to Immigrants

February 9, 2018. New York State has a long and proud history of trailblazing innovative policies that expand access to healthcare coverage to all its residents. From developing and establishing the nation’s first comprehensive health insurance program for children to the launch of the New York State of Health Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, New York has often been a national leader in expanding access to quality affordable health coverage.

In the midst of federal attacks against immigrants, Governor … (read more)

Making Facts Matter: Immigration Messaging Webinar

February 1, 2018. A webinar on how to understand and talk with audiences about the economics of immigration, featuring:

David Dyssegaard Kallick, Fiscal Policy Institute

Marisa Gerstein Pineau, FrameWorks Institute

Andrew Lim, New American Economy

Linda Fleener, Illinois Immigrant Business Coalition

Denzil Mohammed, The Immigrant Learning Center Public Education Institute

Sponsored by the Immigrant Learning Center and the Public Education Institute.

The FPI powerpoint used for the discussion is available by clicking here. The best way to view it is … (read more)

Termination of TPS Hurts Families and The Economy

Termination of TPS Hurts Families and The Economy 26,000 At Risk in New York

On January 8, 2018, the Trump administration announced that it would be terminating Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for individuals from El Salvador, and that these recipients have until September 9 to obtain another legal status or return to their country of birth. This follows a chain of terminations of other TPS statuses including Haiti, Sudan, and Nicaragua, while Honduras’s status is still under … (read more)

Immigrants Are Part of Our Economic Growth

Blame Congress, Not Immigrants, If America’s Taxes Don’t Pay for Our Expenses

December 25, 2018. Recently, WhiteHouse.gov put up a post on its web site claiming that immigration results in “$300 billion annually in net fiscal costs on U.S. taxpayers.”

As I said in talking with PolitiFact, this is just sophistry. The United States has been running a deficit for years. So, by definition, all Americans have a bigger net cost than contribution – 1st generation immigrants, 2nd generation … (read more)

Immigrants in the 13th Congressional District

January 18, 2018. In the current political context, a number of members of congress are thinking about immigration even more than they usually do. To inform the discussion, FPI occasionally provides information about the residents of different congressional districts. Here is a little bit of background on the 13th Congressional District located in New York City, which includes upper Manhattan and a part of the Bronx.

There are 3.1 million immigrants living in New York City, and 280,000 in … (read more)

29th Annual People’s State of the State

January 3, 2018. From the Capital Tonight Staff, state and local advocates rallied outside the Capitol on Monday for the annual “People’s State of the State.” This is its 29th year. Groups gather to discuss what they want lawmakers to consider for the upcoming session. It happens the day before the governor presents his state of the state address. Susan Zimet from the Hunger Action Network and Ron Deutsch from the Fiscal Policy Institute join us to talk more about … (read more)

Cuomo Delivers Eighth State of the State Address Wednesday

January 3, 2018. Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address on Wednesday, kicking off a challenging year of budget deficits and re-election races. This article states that the governor fought unsuccessfully to reverse the elimination of the deduction for state and local taxes, which harms some middle-class and wealthy taxpayers in the state. Cuomo, speaking on CNN over the holidays, said he’ll announce in his State of the State a plan to re-engineer the state’s tax code … (read more)

People’s State of the State

January 3, 2018. On Tuesday, activists held the “People’s State of the State” to outline their priorities on the state and federal levels. The Capitol Pressroom previewed the event with Susan Zimet, Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State, and Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute.

Access to Podcast HERE.… (read more)

As Legislative Session Starts, Sides Square off on Taxing the Rich

January 3, 2018. The two sides of what will likely be an overarching debate during the 2018 legislative session were on display Tuesday with progressives calling for an increased millionaires’ tax and conservatives saying that existing taxes should be phased out as scheduled to prevent a further exodus of Empire State residents.

We should be looking at a new top rate for the billionaires or those making $100 million, According to Ron Deutsch, executive director of the labor-backed Fiscal Policy … (read more)

Progressives Unspool Counter-Programming to Cuomo’s Speech

January 3, 2018. In Albany on Tuesday,  a slew of progressive groups stood on the steps of the Capitol to hold a prebuttal to Wednesday’s State of the State address and called for an increase in taxes to fund more social service programs. About two dozen people attended the People’s State of the State Address, holding signs that called for taxes on the rich and giving speeches about mass incarceration and the increasing lines at food pantries.

Ron Deutsch, executive … (read more)