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)

Broad Attacks Needed on Income Gaps

February 1, 2000. An op ed by FPI’s Trudi Renwick, in Newsday.

A new study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute reports that New York has the most unequal income distribution of the 50 states. Concerted action by both the public and private sectors is needed to reverse this imbalance.

The average income of the top 20 percent of New York families is 14 times as large as the average income of … (read more)

Missed Opportunities: Assessing New York’s 2000-2001 Executive Budget in Economic, Social and Fiscal Context

January 25, 2000. The Fiscal Policy Institute’s annual budget briefing:

  • State government has begun to address one of New York’s most glaring social disparities (the large and growing number of New Yorkers without health insurance), and it has begun investing in several other areas in which there are significant social investment gaps (such as child care). Unfortunately, it continues to miss the opportunity to use the surpluses generated by the boom on Wall Street and several other factors to do
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Pulling Apart in New York: Most New Yorkers Not Sharing in the Current Boom Times

January 18, 2000. New York State and New York City have always had much to brag about. There is, however, at least one major national trend in which New York’s preeminence is more of a danger sign than a blessing. This involves the widening gap that exists between the economic well-being of people at the top of the socioeconomic ladder and those below them on that ladder. New national and state reports show income inequality in New York is the … (read more)

Empire State Development: Performance of Job Development Programs

January 7, 2000. This audit (Report 98-S-7) by the Office of the State Comptroller concluded that the ESDC does a poor job of tracking employment at companies that receive state subsidies, and that many companies have fallen short of the promises for creating or retaining jobs on which their subsidies were based.… (read more)

Bolstering and Diversifying New York City’s Economy

December 2, 1999. This paper is part of the series Rethinking the Urban Agenda, sponsored by the Century Foundation and the Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center.  Text of report, tables and charts. (read more)

New Yorkers Deserve a Fair Deal from State Government

December 2, 1999. The Fair Budget Campaign issues its third annual “People’s Budget;” a wide range of groups call on Governor and Legislature to InVEST in New York’s “human infrastructure.” Press release:

The Fair Budget Campaign released its third annual People’s Budget today, calling for increased investment in the state’s most valuable resource: its people. The Fair Budget Campaign is a cooperative project of ten statewide organizations that represent religious, senior citizen, community, student, environmental and taxpayer perspectives.

The leaders … (read more)

Boost the Minimum Wage? Yes, to raise living standards

October 27, 1999. An op ed by James A. Parrott, Daily News.(read more)

Minimum Wage Fact Sheet

October 1999. In a nutshell:

The Minimum Wage and New Yorkers’ Hourly Wages Have Declined.

  • Despite sizable growth in the productivity of our nation’s economy over the last 30 years, the purchasing power of the federal minimum wage has fallen by one-third. · The value of the minimum wage has dropped to less than 40 percent of average hourly earnings, down from over 50 percent in the 1960s.
  • In the 1960s and 1970s, the earnings of a full-time, year-round worker
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