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New York’s Rent Affordability Crisis Hits Families of Color the Hardest

The United States and New York are in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. Nearly 11 million American households pay over half of their income in rent despite the fact that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines “affordable housing” as housing costing below 30 percent of a family’s income for rent. If a family pays more than 30 percent of their income on rent, they are considered “rent burdened.”

In New York State, the affordable housing … (read more)

NYS Tax Reform for Fiscal 2019 – Let’s Take Our Time and Get It Right

Jonas J.N. Shaende, PhD, Fiscal Policy Institute

March 26, 2018

Governor Cuomo released his 30-day amendments to the Executive Budget where he outlined his plan for the state’s tax system redesign in response to the tax changes at the federal level. The state legislature – both the Assembly and the Senate – reviewed the plan and supplied their respective amendments to the Executive Budget proposal.

The direction taken by the governor is a good one, however, the set of solutions … (read more)

Watchdog Groups Call for the Governor and Legislature to Pass in the Budget a “Database of Deals” Making Business Subsidies Transparent

March 26, 2018. Reinvent Albany, Citizens Budget Commission and Fiscal Policy Institute today called for the Governor and Legislature to pass a “Database of Deals” in this year’s budget.

Both houses’ budget bills included a “Database of Deals” (Part KK in A.9508-B and Part LLLL in S.7508-B ) that are very similar and largely track existing legislation introduced by Assembly member Robin Schimminger and Senator Thomas Croci (A.8175 and S.6613-B).

A “Database of Deals” will list all state economic development … (read more)

2018 State Budget Briefing in NYC

On Wednesday morning, February 28, 2018, the Fiscal Policy Institute will present its 28th annual budget briefing, co-sponsored by the Community Service Society, 633 Third Avenue – the forum will be held on the 16th floor in the Retro Report conference room. Light refreshments and check-in will begin at 9:00 a.m. Our presentation begins at 9:20 a.m. and ends at 10:30 a.m. We hope that you and/or your colleagues will be able to join us for what we are … (read more)

What’s Going On In Your District? The Fiscal Policy Institute’s Congressional District Fact Sheets Are Here!

February 16, 2018. The beginning of the Trump administration initiated a tremendous wave of attacks on government poverty alleviation programs and services like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). New York State has the highest income equality of all the fifty states with over 2.8 million people living in poverty. These programs and services provide immense relief for lower-income, working families and lift millions of children out of poverty.

The Congressional District Fact Sheets (CDFS) contain information about … (read more)

New York State Economic and Fiscal Outlook FY 2019

February 15, 2018. In its 28th annual New York State budget briefing book, the Fiscal Policy Institute analyzes and comments on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s FY 2019 Executive Budget.

The Trump Administration’s tax law, looming federal budget cuts, multi-billion-dollar state budget deficits, glaring unmet human and physical infrastructure needs throughout the state…this year’s New York State budget negotiations are taking shape against a worrisome and uncertain backdrop. The president and congress are threatening to dismantle decades-old federal entitlement programs, make … (read more)

Join us for FPI’s FY 2019 Budget Briefing on February 13th

On Tuesday morning, February 13, 2018, the Fiscal Policy Institute will present its 28th annual budget briefing in Meeting Room 7 of the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. A complimentary breakfast and check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. Our presentation begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 10:15 a.m. We hope that you and/or your colleagues will be able to join us for what we are confident will be a useful and informative session. You can RSVP online here(read more)

THE 29th PEOPLE’S “RESISTANCE” STATE OF THE STATE: The Empire State Strikes Back

Press Release

For Immediate Release: January 2, 2018

Contact:

Susan Zimet, Hunger Action Network of New York State (C) 845-527-5309

Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute (C) 518-469-6769 (O) 518-786-3156 x7160

 

          THE 29th PEOPLE’S “RESISTANCE” STATE OF THE STATE

The Empire State Strikes Back

 (Albany, N.Y.) The 29th Annual People’s State of the State rally took place at the State Street entrance to the State Capitol today. Organizations from across New York State joined together in the freezing cold … (read more)

Dream Act Would Boost NY Economy and Tax Revenues: Revoking DACA Hurts Both

Dream Act Would Boost NY Economy and Tax Revenues Revoking DACA Hurts Both

 

The Dream Act would allow immigrants in New York to contribute more fully to the state economy, boosting longterm state’s $1.5 trillion GDP by at least $1.8 billion a year, and increasing state and local tax revenues in New York by $62 million, according to a report released today by the Fiscal Policy Institute that draws on analyses from the Center for American Progress and … (read more)

Health Care Cuts and Higher Taxes Put Millions of New Yorkers At Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute, (518) 469-6769

Michael Kink, Strong Economy for All,  (518) 527-2787

 

Health Care Cuts and Higher Taxes Put Millions of New Yorkers At Risk

New Data Anticipates Loss of Health Coverage and Rising Taxes for Poor and Middle-Income New Yorkers

Albany, NY – Leaders from community and worker’ rights organizations held a press conference on Friday to protest the tax reform plan that could emerge from the House and Senate conference … (read more)