NYS budget

Fairer taxes, more jobs: Gov. Cuomo needs to look out for the unemployed

December 4, 2011. An op ed by James Parrott and Frank Mauro, New York Daily News. New York is in a state of inequality. But we can balance the budget, provide real middle class tax relief and a boost to job creation, all through sensible income tax reform.… (read more)

New group calls for boosting New York mass transit manufacturing

October 11, 2011. Enhanced MTA investments could create good jobs and bolster New York’s recovery. While unemployment news remains bleak across the state and country, a recently released white paper, Building New York’s Future: Creating Jobs and Business Opportunities Through Mass Transit Investments, points to the benefits of a broad transit manufacturing strategy. A new group – Building New York’s Future – has formed with the mission of developing and implementing a mass-transit related economic development strategy, building political … (read more)

Building New York’s Future: Creating Jobs and Business Opportunities Through Mass Transit Investments

September 27, 2011. This white paper finds that as New York comes out of the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression, the state can and should pursue a mass transit-related manufacturing strategy, positioning itself as a leader in sustainable transportation while creating good, middle class jobs for New Yorkers. Working toward broad political commitment and securing adequate funding for New York’s transit authorities’ capital and operating budgets, and for national mass transit infrastructure, are necessary complements.… (read more)

Governor Cuomo’s Fiscal Policies: How Will New York’s Economy Be Affected?

June 24, 2011. Governor Cuomo won a great political victory in getting his 2011-2012 budget adopted on time and with very few changes. And it now looks like the Legislature will be enacting – again with very few changes – the very tight cap on property tax levies that the Governor spelled out during his 2010 campaign. This brief examines how the New York economy fared, compared to other states, under the more balanced fiscal policies of recent years. But … (read more)

Budget Cuts Could Strangle Sputtering Recovery

June 20, 2011. An article by James Parrott, FPI’s deputy director and chief economist, who writes regularly for Gotham Gazette’s Economy section.… (read more)

A Harder Struggle, Fewer Opportunities: The Impact of the Governor’s Proposed Budget on Women, Children and Families

March 23, 2011. This report, prepared for the New York Women’s Foundation, shows that the Executive Budget takes away from an array of vital programs that strengthen women’s ability to support themselves and their families, and keep them healthy and safe. Obstacles are placed in the paths of women trying to improve their lives and those of their children. The proposed assembly and senate budgets move in the right direction by moderating some of the proposed spending reductions. … (read more)

A Balanced Approach to Closing State Deficits

February 25, 2011. Most states are heading into their fourth year of fiscal crisis facing severe revenue shortfalls that require closing huge deficits. The choices states make about how to close those deficits have serious implications both in the short and long term. States that rely solely or primarily on widespread budget cuts to close deficits are harming residents and businesses that need immediate assistance; they also are reducing demand in the economy and impeding their state’s economic recovery. This … (read more)

Cuomo’s austerity budget will kill N.Y. jobs: Why not tax the top 5% instead of slashing services?

February 24, 2011. An op ed by Frank Mauro and James Parrott, New York Daily News.… (read more)

Testimony at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2011-2012 Executive Budget Proposal – Human Services

February 16, 2011. Testimony submitted by Carolyn Boldiston, FPI’s Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst. Her testimony includes: a review of New York State’s recent public assistance caseload history, 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 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of February 2009 on TANF funding and spending in New York State, and recommendations for the 2011-2012 state fiscal year.… (read more)

FPI responds to the Partnership report: Can New York Depend on a “Millionaire’s Tax” to Solve the Budget Crisis?

February 14, 2011. The personal income tax (PIT) surcharge should be continued. It is not onerous, and it is offset by federal tax cuts. Moreover, unemployment is projected to stay above 7 percent until 2014; budget cuts worsen unemployment and the adversity experienced by many families in a weak economy. New York needs a balanced approach to balancing the budget, one that looks also at the revenue side, rather than relying too heavily on the cutting side. Brief >>(read more)