NYS budget

Over $1 Billion in TANF Block Grant Funds Trapped in Budget Limbo

May 3, 2006. Groups call upon the Governor to adopt the legislature’s bi-partisan agreement on use of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds. Joint release from New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, the Fiscal Policy Institute, the Hunger Action Network of New York State and the Empire Justice Center:

Advocates for Low-Income New Yorkers held a press conference today at the Legislative Office Building to urge Governor Pataki to stop playing politics with over $1 billion in federal Temporary Assistance to … (read more)

A New York Perspective on Public-Private Partnerships

March 8, 2006. A presentation prepared for “Partnerships for New York – Innovative Transportation Financing and Contracting Strategies: Opportunities for New York State,” a NYS Department of Transportation symposium. More: press release from DOT.… (read more)

Presentation by Trudi Renwick before the New York State Economic and Revenue Forecasting Conference

March 1, 2006. Presentation >>(read more)

Balancing Revenues, Expenditures and Human Needs in a Troubled Time

February 15, 2006. Testimony of Frank J. Mauro, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute, presented to the Joint Budget Hearing on Economic Development and Taxes before the Assembly Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees.

The centerpiece of the 2006-07 Executive Budget is a return to the pre-2001 practice of enacting large multi-year, backloaded tax cuts.   The myriad of tax reductions being proposed by the Governor would reduce state revenues by about $1 billion in 2006-07.  But because the proposed tax … (read more)

Balancing New York State’s 2006-2007 Budget in an Economically Sensible Manner

January 31, 2006. The Fiscal Policy Institute’s analysis of Governor George E. Pataki’s Executive Budget and alternative approaches to balancing New York State’s 2006-2007 budget. (See pages 28, 29 and 42 through 57 for analysis of school funding issues.) Briefing book on the 2006-2007 executive budget >>(read more)

Comments by Frank J. Mauro on the Budget Reform Constitutional Amendments

October 17, 2005. The comments below were presented by Frank Mauro at a press conference today at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, New York. These comments were based on his September 1, 2005, analysis of the budget reform constitutional amendments. The Fiscal Policy Institute, as an organization, has not taken a position in support of or in opposition to the proposal on the November 8, 2005, ballot. These are the views of Frank Mauro and not those of … (read more)

Understanding and Evaluating the New York State Legislature’s Proposed Budget Process Constitutional Amendments

September 1, 2005. Frank Mauro sets out the legal parameters of the New York State budget process, describes how they would change if the amendments were adopted, analyzes the interrelated concepts upon which the S1/S2 reform package is based, and critiques that approach. Analysis >>(read more)

Privatization without Competition equals Huge Losses

June 7, 2005. By FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro: how New York State’s approach to “contracting out” wastes hundreds of millions of dollars a year without increasing service quality. Report >>(read more)

Joint Statement in support of a Better Choice approach to balancing New York State’s 2005-2006 Budget

February 17, 2005. This joint statement was released at a press conference today at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.  The organizations from throughout New York State that have endorsed the statement are listed below following the statement. Also below, a back-up document that provides additional information on the budget balancing options set forth in the statement.

There’s still a Better Choice!

We urge the Governor and the Legislature to work together to ensure that the 2005-2006 state budget meets … (read more)

Testimony presented at the New York State Legislature’s Joint Budget Hearing on Human Services

February 7, 2005. Analysis of: the ways in which the 2005-2006 Executive Budget proposes to utilize the state’s federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant; the Governor’s proposal to reduce the earned income disregard for long term cases and to impose full family sanctions on families out of compliance with work requirements; the Governor’s proposal to provide an enhanced earned income tax credit for noncustodial parents; ways in which the Unemployment Insurance system could be reformed; and how … (read more)