August 8, 2012. Today the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a new report showing that a “Cuts Only” approach to reducing the federal deficit would drastically cut federal investments in education, roads and bridges, and disaster relief. Cuts of this magnitude would do great damage to the economy. FPI’s press release (below) highlights the fact that the House-passed “Ryan Budget,” a prime example of the “Cuts Only” approach, would cost New York state and local governments $2.7… (read more)
Tax & Budget
June 18, 2012. This report prepared for the New York Women’s Foundation shows that the budget cuts proposed in the Mayors Executive Budget fail to respond to heightened needs and jeopardize the outlook for economic improvement and security for many low-income women and their families. The proposed cuts and funding shortfalls increase the risk of poverty in two ways: by destabilizing those already struggling, and by reducing opportunities to move out of poverty. Reducing the reliance on spending cuts… (read more)
May 25, 2012. Tax reform advocacy groups from around the state gathered on May 22 to remind the Governor that he pledged to create a tax reform commission in his State of the State address earlier this year. News coverage:
- “Omnibus members question Cuomo’s tax plans” – a post by Rick Karlin, Albany Times Union Capitol Confidential blog.
- “Groups Urge Tax Reform” – a post by Joseph Spector, Albany Watch blog. Includes a
The Governor’s Proposed Budget: Continued Scarce Funding for Women, Families and Youth in a Weak Recovery
March 21, 2012. With a weak recovery, unemployment remains high and hardships have mounted for many New York City women, families and youth. Prepared for the New York Women’s Foundation, this brief finds that three years of state budget cuts have frayed the safety net during a time of growing need, making it harder for low-income women to access income and job supports as well as vital supportive services, and to secure jobs with a future. The… (read more)
March 9, 2012. This brief quantifies the value of the reduction in retirement benefits to the typical member of the NYS Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) under the Tier 6 proposal, and finds that the proposal reduces the employee benefit by 39.8 percent.
March 8, 2012. FPI and 16 other groups delivered a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo today asking him to drop language included hundreds of times in his executive budget proposal for 2012-2013. The language undercuts legislative authority and effectively removes the public from decisions regarding the use of taxpayer money by giving the Governor power to move money between state agencies without oversight. The language goes even further than that, authorizing suballocations from “on budget” state agencies to “off budget”… (read more)
March 6, 2012. Unemployment remains very high in this historically weak “recovery” in NYC, as across the country, and considerable hardships persist. In addition, NYS budget choices and pressures continue to squeeze NYC. The Mayor’s budget can only be described as austere: although needs have grown in the wake of the recession, NYC spending on human services funding has fallen by 10 percent. Income concentration has resumed, underscoring the need for progressive tax reform. NYC’s business tax expenditures have risen… (read more)
Testimony at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2012-2013 Executive Budget Proposal – Human Services
February 13, 2012. Submitted by Carolyn Boldiston, FPI’s Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst. Testimony includes: trends in public assistance participation and poverty in New York State, a review of New York’s historical utilization of the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, a review of the impact of the TANF Contingency Fund and Emergency Contingency Fund on TANF funding and spending in New York State, and recommendations for the 2012-2013 state fiscal year.
February 8, 2012. WBAI Evening News: Andrea Sears of WBAI interviews FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro, about the provision that Governor Cuomo has included in his 2012-2013 State Operations and Capital Projects appropriations bills, proposing to give unprecedented powers to the Governor’s Budget Director to redirect funds from many state agency appropriations to other agencies and public authorities, even off-budget public authorities. The interview with Mauro is 6.5 minutes long and starts at 3:28 of this clip from… (read more)