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A Constitutional Convention – A Risk NOT Worth Taking

A Constitutional Convention – A Risk NOT Worth Taking

Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute

The New York Constitution articulates the legal rights of New Yorkers, and in many vital areas, provides our residents more protections than the U.S. Constitution. A Constitutional Convention is an expensive, complicated and potentially dangerous undertaking that is unnecessary because we already have a more rigorous and more democratic process by which the voters can adopt or reject individual amendments to the State Constitution on their … (read more)

Progressive Organizations Join Together to Urge Opposition to ConCon

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October 30, 2017                                                        Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute

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Progressive Organizations Join Together to Urge Opposition to ConCon

The Risk is Simply Too Great

 Progressive organizations from across New York State joined together today to voice their opposition to a Constitutional Convention.  The groups suggested that for virtually all New Yorkers, there is simply more to lose than to gain by holding a Constitutional Convention. The groups highlighted multiple concerns with the rigged … (read more)

Tenney’s Vote for GOP Budget Draws Protest

October 16, 2017. Last week, a group of advocates and community organizers spoke out against the passage of the Republican House Budget Resolution in front of Congresswomen Claudia Tenney’s office in New Harford. Congresswoman Tenney voted in support of the Republican House Budget Resolution, which aims to slash government safety-net programs like Medicaid and SNAP. With cuts to entitlements in excess of over $1 trillion over a ten year period, it is likely that New York will face large holes … (read more)

Senior Budget and Policy Analyst

The Senior Budget and Policy Analyst will lead work in a range of policy areas of importance to the Fiscal Policy Institute. He or she will produce timely, comprehensible, and reliable research. A central part of the job will be leading FPI’s research analyzing state budget proposals in real time every January to April. The right candidate will have strong policy analysis skills, will work well independently and in teams, and will be able to communicate information effectively to diverse … (read more)

David Dyssegaard Kallick Participates in Newsmakers Panel on Stakes for New Yorkers in the 2017 City Elections

September 13, 2017. On September 8, there was a panel that discussed the 2017 mayoral and City Council election that was organized by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. FPI’s David Dyssegaard Kallick, Deputy Director and Director of Immigration Research, joined the host Errol Louis, Professor Christina Greer from Fordham University, Christian González-Rivera from the Center for an Urban Future, and Stephen Witt from Kings County Politics to discuss health and immigration … (read more)

More Than 100 New York Nonprofits Call on NYS Legislators to Reject Proposed Federal Budget Cuts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 8, 2017

Media Contact: Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, FPI

518-469-6769

MORE THAN 100 NEW YORK NONPROFITS CALL ON NYS LEGISLATORS TO REJECT PROPOSED FEDERAL BUDGET CUTS  Coalition Highlights Devastating Impact of Cuts on New York Families

 

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More than 100 nonprofit human services organizations from across the state are calling on legislators to reject proposed federal cuts to social services programs. Organizations from Buffalo to Binghamton to Brooklyn signed on to letters that … (read more)

Cassidy-Graham Bill Would Deeply Cut Health Coverage Funding for New York

For Immediate Release

August 24, 2017                   

Media Contact: Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, FPI

518-469-6769 

Cassidy-Graham Bill Would Deeply Cut Health Coverage Funding for New York

New York Faces Deepest Cuts of All States

(Albany, NY)— A new Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill would cut New York’s federal funding by $22 billion for health coverage by 2026, according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities based in Washington DC. New York would be the hardest-hit … (read more)

New York’s Public Colleges: An Engine for Economic Mobility

August 23, 2017

Brent Kramer, PhD, Senior Economist

kramer@fiscalpolicy.org

 

Public Colleges Lift Low-Income Students Into the Middle Class Investing in Public Colleges Essential to Boost Economic Mobility

Earning a four-year college degree is now considered essential for achieving a “middle-class” lifestyle, even as many new graduates have trouble landing good, full-time jobs in a weak labor market. Despite the weak labor market, graduates still have better chances of finding good jobs than do their peers without degrees.

The Fiscal … (read more)

Uphill Employment Battle for New York’s Recent College Graduates

Brent Kramer, PhD, Senior Economist

Kramer@fiscalpolicy.org
August 3, 2017

 

ALBANY, New York – In today’s post-Great Recession environment, student loan debt has reached all-time highs, and more young adults are living at home longer, and are unable to purchase homes, cars, and other assets because of persistent unemployment or underemployment. Many young would-be workers are forgoing the job market altogether, and returning to school or taking unpaid internships in hopes of breaking into their respective fields.

Eight years after … (read more)

The Workers That Feed Our Families: Fighting for the Right to Organize

August 2, 2017.

The Workers That Feed Our Families: Fighting for the Right to Organize

Crispin Hernandez is a farmworker who felt he and others he worked with were not getting a fair wage or decent working conditions. The solution, he thought, was to organize with other workers to be able to negotiate with their employers. When he started organizing, however, he was fired.

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), who is representing Crispin Hernandez, filed a lawsuit against … (read more)