NYS taxes

Testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform

May 21, 2009. Presented by chief economist James Parrott at the committee’s  public hearing on New York State’s business tax reform. New York could have a more rational and fairer business tax system by adopting a rule to fix problems with the way multi-state corporate income is apportioned, by revamping its overly generous Investment Tax Credit, and by adjusting its taxation of unincorporated businesses. Testimony >>(read more)

Back on Track: Why Progressive Tax Reform Is an Essential Part of New York’s Budget Solution

March 22, 2009. New York faces one of the largest budget deficits in the country for the coming year at $14.2 billion. The State’s 2009-2010 fiscal year begins April 1, 2009. Two responses to addressing the crisis have dominated the policy debate. Both acknowledge the detrimental impact Wall Street revenue declines have had on the State’s fiscal condition. But in other ways they diverge significantly.

In the context of a deepening recession, which is the most sensible path to take?… (read more)

Exploring progressive changes to New York State’s personal income tax system

March 12, 2009. This testimony, presented by FPI executive director Frank Mauro to the New York State Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform, includes a discussion of the Omnibus Tax Reform Bill. The goal of the bill: to restore fairness to taxation with both short term relief and long term solutions.… (read more)

FPI, NYFF, and Economist Robert H. Frank applaud Senator Jeffrey Klein’s efforts to restore progressivity to the income tax

February 25, 2009. New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness and the Fiscal Policy Institute today praised Senator Jeffrey Klein’s efforts to reform New York’s current inequitable tax system by increasing rates at the top of the income spectrum – adding, however, that the Senator’s bill simply does not raise enough revenue to sufficiently offset the onerous budget cuts proposed by the Governor. Unfortunately, the middle income tax relief in this bill will not provide stimulus if spending cuts, are in effect, … (read more)

Testimony on the 2009-2010 Executive Budget – Workforce Issues

February 4, 2009. Testimony presented by FPI executive director Frank Mauro to the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees. The Executive Budget contains many proposals that will directly and indirectly cut jobs, exacerbating the recession in the state economy. There are other ways to close budget gaps – notably, an increase in high-end income taxes – that would do much less harm to the economy.… (read more)

How to Balance the State Budget

February 2, 2009. An op ed in the Gotham Gazette by Frank Mauro and James Parrott.… (read more)

Lighten weight of tax burden

January 27, 2009.  Both fairness and sound economics should play a role in closing New York’s budget gap. A column by James Parrott, FPI’s deputy director and chief economist, in the Albany Times Union.… (read more)

Nobel Economist: Millionaires’ Tax Is Economically Preferable

January  2009. In a March 27, 2008 letter to Governor Paterson, Majority Leader Bruno and Speaker Silver, Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz makes a compelling case that the millionaires’ tax is “economically preferable” to raising regressive fees or cutting state spending.

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Balancing New York State’s 2009-2010 Budget in an Economically Sensible Manner

January 14, 2009. The Fiscal Policy Institute’s nineteenth annual budget briefing. Briefing book >>(read more)

FPI Reaction to the 2009-2010 Executive Budget

December 16, 2008. The governor’s proposal hurts low- and moderate-income New Yorkers while requiring little from wealthy New Yorkers, and would would cause needless harm to the state economy. The lessons from 2003 show that New York can successfully close large budget gaps without these negative impacts. Press release >>(read more)