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Head of Congressional welfare reform panel tells all 50 Governors it’s essential that states use their TANF resources and use them wisely

Early in 1999, U.S. Representative Nancy L. Johnson (R-CT), chair of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources, which has jurisdiction over TANF, sent a letter to the governors of all 50 states urging them to spend more of their TANF funds or risk having Congress take some portion back. This warning was made more concrete by several congressional attempts later in 1999 to rescind some unspent TANF funds. Fortunately, from the perspective of the states and from… (read more)

Housing Affordability in Westchester County

April 4, 2000. Affidavit filed by Trudi Renwick, FPI Senior Economist.… (read more)

How Much Additional TANF Spending Can New York Afford?

March 27, 2000. New from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and specific to New York:

How Much Additional TANF Spending Can New York Afford? New York Can Increase Use of TANF Funds While Maintaining A Rainy Day Reserve

Early in 1999, Congresswoman Nancy Johnson, chair of the Human Resources subcommittee of the Ways and Means committee, sent a letter to all governors that urged them to spend more of their TANF funds or risk having Congress take some … (read more)

New York’s Income Tax System Among the Best for Working Families in 1999

Most Relief Comes from the State Earned Income Tax Credit Enacted in 1994

New York has among the lowest income tax burdens in the country for low-income working families.1

  • Of the 42 states with income taxes, only Vermont and Minnesota do a better job than New York in shielding both poverty-line incomes and minimum wage-earnings from income taxation.
  • New York is one of only four states in which near-poor two-parent families of four — those with incomes at 125
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Counterbudget 2000-2001: The Budget Reform Section

March 2000. FPI prepares the Budget Process Reform section of Counterbudget, which is coordinated and published each year by SENSES, the Statewide Emergency Network for Social and Economic Security. Counterbudget provides an analysis of the Governor’s Executive Budget Proposal and its impact on low-income New Yorkers focusing on the programs and policies identified as priority issues by the SENSES network of over 2500 human service, religious, labor, economic development and low-income organizations – issues including economic development, public assistance, health … (read more)

Counterbudget 2000-2001: The Revenue Section

March 2000. FPI prepares the Revenue section of Counterbudget, which is coordinated and published each year by SENSES, the Statewide Emergency Network for Social and Economic Security. Counterbudget provides an analysis of the Governor’s Executive Budget Proposal and its impact on low-income New Yorkers focusing on the programs and policies identified as priority issues by the SENSES network of over 2500 human service, religious, labor, economic development and low-income organizations – issues including economic development, public assistance, health care, hunger … (read more)

Letter from Nancy L. Johnson sent individually to all 50 governors

March 15, 2000. A copy of the letter below was sent to each of the 50 governors. Ms. Johnson is the chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Resources, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives.

The Honorable Don Siegelman Governor of Alabama State Capitol 600 Dexter Avenue Montgomery, AL 36130-2751

Dear Governor Siegelman:

As you may recall, I wrote last year urging you and other governors to increase the rate at which TANF money is spent, because there … (read more)

McCall, agency spar over accountability

March 6, 2000. William Tuthill reports in the Capital District Business Review:

New York state’s array of economic development programs, in which  millions of dollars are annually loaned or given to spur businesses and create jobs,  lack adequate means of measuring their own effectiveness, according to a  report by State Comptroller H. Carl McCall.

There are not enough tools in place to show whether funded projects  have resulted in the increase or retention of jobs, the report said. … (read more)

Balancing Revenues, Expenditures and Human Needs in the 21st Century

February 14, 2000. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro takes a look at the revenue side of the 2000-2001 Executive Budget.

Governor George Pataki’s first Executive Budget of the new century avoids some of the most counter productive cuts of his previous budgets. The 2000-2001 Executive Budget, for example, does not propose cuts in Tuition Assistance for the neediest of students, and it avoids what had come to bean annual battle over Medicaid.

BUT this latest Pataki budget fails miserably in … (read more)

An Agenda for a Better New York: Improving New York State’s Utilization of its TANF Block Grant and Related “Maintenance of Effort” Resources

February 9, 2000. A report by Frank Mauro and Carolyn Boldiston. The current TANF surpluses provide New York State with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fight poverty and lift poor families towards independence and self-support. This includes liberalizing the earned income disregard, providing a long overdue grant increase, and making new efforts to reach hard-to-serve parents and children. New York is more likely to continue to meet work participation rates if it invests in activities that have proven successful in helping … (read more)