NYS taxes

Testimony presented at the New York State Legislature’s Joint Budget Hearing on Economic Development and Taxes

February 16, 2005. Frank J. Mauro, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute, presented testimony to the New York State Legislature’s Joint Budget Hearing on Economic Development and Taxes before the Assembly Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees.

I greatly appreciate being invited to appear to you today on the subjects of economic development and taxes.

SPUR. As part of his 2005-06 Executive Budget proposal, Governor Pataki has proposed a new program that he refers to variously as SPUR and Operation … (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)

Balancing New York State’s 2005-2006 Budget in an Economically Sensible Manner

January 25, 2005. The Fiscal Policy Institute’s briefing on Governor George E. Pataki’s Executive Budget and alternative approaches to balancing New York State’s 2005-2006 budget.

See pages 16 through 24 for FPI’s analysis of the economic impact of the Legislature’s 2003 decisions to add two temporary top rates to the state income tax and avoid deep cuts in aid to public schools. See pages 33 through 37 for FPI’s analysis of the Governor’s school aid proposals for 2005-2006.

Briefing book (read more)

New Jersey increases its top income tax rate

July 2004. In a new law approved on June 28, 2004, New Jersey increased its top income tax rate for tax years beginning on and after January 1, 2004, from 6.37% on the portion of taxable income above $75,000 for single individuals and $150,000 for married couples to 8.97% on the portion of taxable income above $500,000 regardless of filing status. This represents a significant shift in the traditional relationship between the top income tax rates in New York and … (read more)

Balancing New York State’s 2004-2005 Budget in an Economically Sensible Manner

January 2004. The Fiscal Policy Institute’s budget briefing. Briefing book on the 2004-2005 executive budget >>(read more)

Combined Impact of the Federal, New York State and New York City Income Tax Changes

June 2003. The net result? A substantial net reduction in the income tax liability of affected taxpayers. Data analysis >>

In adopting the 2003-2004 state budget, the New York State Legislature was able to greatly reduce the local property and sales tax increases and the service cuts that would have occurred if Governor Pataki’s budget had been adopted as submitted. To a significant degree, this local tax relief was made possible by the Legislature’s adoption of temporary increases in the … (read more)

Schools, Taxes and the New York Economy

April 24, 2003. A balanced budget alternative to the Governor’s school aid cuts. Based on an economic impact analysis prepared for FPI by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, this report, released jointly by FPI and the Alliance for Quality Education, shows that the Governor’s school aid cuts are “job killers” in the short run and even worse for the state’s economy over time.  The economic benefits of restoring the Governor’s school aid cuts far outweigh the effects … (read more)

Testimony at the Legislature’s Joint Budget Hearing on Taxes and Economic Development

February 26, 2003. Presented by FPI’s Frank Mauro. Testimony >>(read more)

Taxes, Government Services and Jobs

February 12, 2003.  A short summary of the academic literature on this subject, and a critique of the New York State and New York City “tax impact” models prepared by the Beacon Hill Institute for the Heritage Foundation and the Manhattan Institute.… (read more)

Balancing New York State’s 2003-2004 Budget in an Economically Sensible Manner

February 4, 2003. The Fiscal Policy Institute’s 13th annual budget briefing: analysis of Governor George E. Pataki’s Executive Budget and alternative approaches to balancing New York State’s 2003-2004 budget.  Briefing book on the 2003-2004 executive budget >>

This PowerPoint version of the briefing book has most of the same charts and graphs but condenses the text with bullet points.

Despite Governor Pataki’s recent pronouncements regarding the relationship between jobs and cuts in broad based taxes, the large personal income tax … (read more)