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Proposed TANF Regulations

July 6, 2001. Comments prepared by FPI’s Frank Mauro for the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, on a proposed amendment to Title 18 of New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, with respect to exceptions to 5-year time limits.… (read more)

Economists’ Statement on the Minimum Wage

June 8, 2001. The pdf version of this letter, which was sent to state senators, includes the list of signers.

We 80+ economists from throughout New York support an increase in the state minimum wage to $6.75 an hour. The Assembly has already passed a bill to this effect, and we urge you to join in this bipartisan effort to make work pay in New York State.

Increasing the minimum wage to $6.75 in 2002 and tying further increases to … (read more)

A Giveaway to Landlords

June 8, 2001. An op ed by Moshe Adler and James Parrott, published in the New York Daily News.

With commercial rents skyrocketing, Mayor Giuliani and the City Council have decided to step in. Hold on to your wallet. Ostensibly to help commercial tenants, the mayor and the Council have decided to transfer $25 million a year from the pockets of taxpayers to the pockets of landlords.

Here is how it will work.

The city taxes commercial rents when … (read more)

Safety net urged for state’s poor

May 16, 2001. An article by Erika Rosenberg, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, related to a briefing prepared by the Campaign for the Empire State Jobs Program.

New York needs a $190 million program to help thousands of families approaching the five-year time limit for receiving welfare benefits, advocates for the poor said yesterday.

About 63,000 welfare cases — including 2,095 in Monroe County — are expected to hit a federal time limit in December, according to the latest … (read more)

Jobs urged as welfare deadline looms

May 16, 2001. An article by Elizabeth Benjamin, Albany Times-Union, related to a briefing prepared by the Campaign for the Empire State Jobs Program: a state-subsidized program would aid thousands reaching end of 5-year benefits limit.

Labor unions and activists on Tuesday called on lawmakers to approve a $190 million program to provide 8,000 state-subsidized jobs for people who will hit a five-year time limit for federal welfare benefits in December.

The program proposed in a bill sponsored … (read more)

Briefing: The Empire State Jobs Program

May 15, 2001. The Fiscal Policy Institute joined the other members of the Campaign for the Empire State Jobs Program to organize a briefing on the program for state officials. The Empire State Jobs program is a transitional employment program that would provide work experience, training and other needed support services to public assistance recipients with serious barriers to employment and little or no paid work experience, particularly those who are close to reaching the five-year time limit on family … (read more)

A Preliminary Analysis of the Impact of President George W. Bush’s Tax Cut Proposals on New York State

April 12, 2001. A new administration in Washington is determined to push through an unprecedented $1.6 trillion tax cut that will have far-reaching effects for years to come. This report shows that the Bush tax plan would hit the Empire State with a powerful “double whammy.” While the richest 1.1% would receive over 60 percent of the tax cut, 2.5 million New Yorkers would be left entirely. Many other New Yorkers would receive cuts that are smaller than advertised. Overall, … (read more)

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

March 1, 2001. 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)

Poverty Amidst Plenty 2001

February 27, 2001. New York State leaves millions of dollars unspent for anti-poverty efforts for state’s poor families. The state’s TANF funds should be fully and promptly used for the New York families that need them. A new report makes the case.

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Minimum wage hike would boost workers left behind by the economic expansion

February 7, 2001. Minimum wage hike would boost workers left behind by the economic expansion. The current proposal to increase the Federal minimum wage by $1.50 in 3 steps between now and 2003 would directly benefit more than 520,000 New York workers. Press release >>(read more)