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Pulling Apart: New Studies Find Income Inequality in New York Worst of Any State

April 23, 2002. … and getting worse rather than better; 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 analysis of income trends in the 50 states by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute, and a companion state-level report by the Fiscal Policy Institute.

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The State of Our Schools Part 2: The Combined Effect of the “Bare Bones” Budget and the Governor’s Proposed State Aid Freeze

April 17, 2002. FPI’s analysis of the combined effect of the 2001-2002 “Bare Bones” Budget and the Governor’s proposed 2002-2003 state aid freeze on New York State school districts and students was presented in a new report from the Alliance for Quality Education and the Public Policy and Education Fund. This analysis shows that under the Governor’s proposed budget, 6 out of 7 school children in the state are in school districts that will receive less aid in 2002-2003 … (read more)

The Employment Impact of the September 11 World Trade Center Attacks: Updated Estimates based on the Benchmarked Employment Data

March 8, 2002. On November 5, 2001, the Fiscal Policy Institute released a report, The Economic Impact of the September 11 World Trade Center Attacks, estimating that New York City would lose a total of 105,200 jobs in the fourth quarter of 2001 as a result of the WTC attacks. FPI’s estimates were developed through numerous interviews with industry sources supplemented with economic analysis of the city economy and input-output analysis of the multiplier effects. At the time of … (read more)

The Impact of New York State’s Personal Income Tax on Low Income Working Families

February 26, 2002. This report shows that New York has among the lowest income tax burdens in the country for low-income working families. Most of the relief for these families comes from the State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) enacted in 1994. The income tax rate cuts and other changes enacted in 1995 now cost over $5 billion per year but provide very little help to these families. Also see the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities annual report, State (read more)

Testimony before the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees’ Joint Public Hearing on Economic Development and Taxation

February 26, 2002. FPI’s testimony before the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees Joint Public Hearing on Economic Development and Taxation.… (read more)

An Exploration of the City’s Role in Lower Manhattan Redevelopment

February 25, 2002. Testimony by James A. Parrott before the City Council of the City of New York Economic Development Committee and the Select Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment. Testimony >>(read more)

Expand Programs Used to Determine Telephone Lifeline Eligibility

February 19, 2002.  Testimony of Trudi Renwick in  Proceeding on Motion of the Commission To Consider Cost Recovery by Verizon and to  Investigate the Future Regulatory Framework, Case 00-C-1945. This testimony focuses on a proposal to expand programs used to determine telephone lifeline eligibility to include EITC, school lunch and Child Health Plus.… (read more)

Recommendations on the Reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program

February 2002. This report was jointly developed by officials of the Schuyler Center for Advocacy and Analysis (SCAA) and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), and is supported by the other relevant agencies of state government, the Governor’s office, and a broad array of human service advocacy organization statewide.… (read more)

Testimony before the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees’ Joint Public Hearing on Human Services

February 4, 2002. FPI’s testimony before the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees’ Joint Public Hearing on the Human Services portion of the 2002-2003 Executive Budget. Focuses primarily on the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.… (read more)

Do Tax Increases in New York City Cause a Loss of Jobs?

February 2, 2002. A review of the evidence, by Moshe Adler, Oliver Cook, and James Parrott. Published in State Tax Notes. (A preliminary version of this analysis was presented for review and comment, December 2001.)… (read more)