Tax & Budget

What to Know Before Analyzing the State Budget

January 20, 2008. This brief provides information about the state’s economy, its finances, and three policy issues (property taxes, economic development and economic security) that are sure to receive significant attention during this year’s budget debates. It also touches on the federal stimulus package now being debated in Washington, and how that package may help or hurt in the balancing of the state budget.… (read more)

New York State’s Economic and Budget Outlook for 2008-2009

January 15, 2008. Economic and fiscal context for the 2008-2009 Executive Budget, including an analysis of the property tax crisis and alternative property tax relief mechanisms. Briefing book >>(read more)

Testimony on economic development in New York State

December 18, 2007. Submitted by FPI’s chief economist James Parrott to the New York State Division of the Budget. New York’s trillion dollar economy has the potential to be a dynamic economy that rewards all New Yorkers, but challenges abound, including volatility on Wall Street. And there is little to show for the billions of dollars spent on economic development in 2007 by state and local governments. New York needs a new approach that is strategic, diverse, coordinated and accountable. … (read more)

Testimony of Frank Mauro before the NYS Division of the Budget Public Hearing on Property Taxes

December 13, 2007. This testimony describes the special problems faced by New York localities with relatively weak tax bases compared to their needs. To a large extent, state fiscal policies have caused great pressure on property taxes in needy cities, counties and school districts, including decisions: to reduce revenue sharing; to decrease the share of local school budgets covered by state aid, to divide the non-federal share of Medicaid costs without considering ability to pay, and to allocate STAR benefits … (read more)

Testimony of Frank Mauro before the NYS Assembly Standing Committee on Real Property Taxation

December 5, 2007. Using data from the American Community Survey, FPI estimates the cost, number of beneficiaries and average benefits of the circuit breaker credit, as proposed (Galef/Little A.1575/S.1053) and with several modifications. Read the testimony >>(read more)

Impact of a budget veto on New Yorkers’ vital human needs

October 31, 2007.  FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick participated in a telephone press conference organized by Citizen Action and the Emergency Campaign for America’s Priorities to illustrate the impact of a budget veto on New Yorkers’ vital human needs. Read ECAP’s press release.… (read more)

Difference between the President’s Budget and House Appropriations: Impact on New York State for Selected Programs

October 29, 2007. President Bush has threatened to veto an array of appropriations bills because they provide funding for domestic programs above the levels he requested in his budget. Adopting the president’s budget request would mean significantly less funding in some key domestic programs that provide critical services to a broad swath of families and communities – less than the House has appropriated, less than the amount needed to keep pace with inflation and in some cases, even less than … (read more)

Property Taxes on Long Island: Zeroing in on the Problems and Solutions

October 15, 2007. This report takes a fresh look at the property tax “crisis” and finds that: flawed evaluations have resulted in flawed solutions, taxpayers in poorer districts struggle the most, and voters in wealthy districts choose to pay for high quality schools while voters in poorer districts have a much higher rate of rejecting school budgets. Two oft-touted reforms have a negative impact on local control and school equity; circuit breaker reform in contrast can be well targeted to … (read more)

Congressmen must explain cuts in critical programs

August 8, 2007.  An op ed by FPI’s senior economist, Trudi Renwick, together with Bob Cohen of Citizens Action, Buffalo News.… (read more)

Congressmen must explain cuts in critical programs

August 8, 2007. An op ed by FPI’s senior economist, Trudi Renwick, together with Bob Cohen of Citizens Action. Buffalo News.(read more)