NYS budget

Déjà Vu All Over Again – Budget Balancing in Bad Times

August 14, 2008. Raising Revenue Needs to be Part of the Solution. Group press release >>

“The lessons to be learned from New York’s fiscal policy choices during the last two recessions are clear. The balanced approach to the state’s budget that was adopted in 2003 worked much better than the deep service cuts of the early 1990s which prolonged and deepened the effects of that recession on New York State,” said Frank Mauro, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy … (read more)

The 2008-2009 Enacted Budget and the Property Tax Commission

May 5, 2008. Senior economist Trudi Renwick discussed property taxes and the enacted state budget in a presentation to the Long Island Federation of Labor.… (read more)

State Budget Experts Present Ideas on the State Budget

March 27, 2008. What does the millionaires’ tax have to do with the Syracuse economy? That was just one topic of discussion at the Southeast Community Center on Thursday evening when advocates from local nonprofit organizations, labor leaders and community members gathered to study the state budget. Press release >>(read more)

Over 100 Organizations Call for the Millionaires’ Tax

March 26, 2008. More than 100 organizations came together as the Better Choice Budget Campaign (of which FPI is a member) to urge leaders to listen to the public and support the millionaires’ tax. Additional materials from the press conference: op ed on better choices by Ron Deutsch; Siena poll showing overwhelming public support for millionaires’ tax (question 23); and fact sheet from New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness laying out short and long term solutions to burgeoning property taxes. Also, … (read more)

Presentation by James Parrott before the New York State Economic and Revenue Consensus Forecasting Conference

February 27, 2008. Presentation by FPI Deputy Director and Chief Economist James Parrott.  Parrott was one of five economists invited to speak at the conference, which gave Budget Director Laura Anglin and leaders of the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees the opportunity to hear testimony from leading state and national economic experts. By March 1, the legislature and governor must issue a joint report containing the consensus economic forecast and estimates of receipts for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.… (read more)

Will Education Funding Promises be Broken?

February 14, 2008. FPI prepared the data for this report this report from the Alliance for Quality Education – showing that the proposed cuts in foundation aid in the executive budget disproportionately hurt students from poor households. The districts outside of New York City with the highest proportion of poverty (districts in which, on average, 60 percent of students live in poverty) face 20 percent of the proposed cuts despite having only 15 percent of all students in the state. … (read more)

Property Taxes in New York: A State Problem Calling for a State Solution

February 11, 2008. Why are property taxes so high in New York? State fiscal policies have created the bind. This brief looks at four reforms that would help – and could be funded in a way that makes the overall tax system fairer. In the meantime, a middle class circuit breaker would ease the pressure on the property tax much more effectively that the Middle Class STAR program.

On May 22, 2008, the brief was handed out at a public … (read more)

Getting bang for our buck: Economic development in New York State

February 11, 2008. Despite the billions currently spent on economic development, we have relatively little to show for it. The appropriate guiding principle is building the middle class – thus increasing the already impressive productivity of New York workers. Logical next steps include scrapping Empire Zones, reforming IDAs and more. Brief >>(read more)

Testimony on the 2008-2009 Executive Budget – Economic Development and Taxes

February 11, 2008. Testimony submitted by FPI executive director Frank Mauro to the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means committees. Given the many signs that we are in a recession, state leaders must be especially careful about the way they close the state budget gap. Some gap-closing strategies could actually exacerbate the downturn.… (read more)

Testimony on the 2008-2009 Executive Budget – Human Services

February 5, 2008. Testimony submitted by FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick to the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees. Renwick explains several important policy opportunities for New York: increase the basic welfare grant; liberalize the earned income disregard; finance the Earned Income Tax Credit from the General Fund; and take child care funding out of the Flexible Fund for Family Services (FFFS), to ensure that adequate resources go for this essential work support. Renwick includes a series of … (read more)