Op eds, columns and letters

Broad Attacks Needed on Income Gaps

February 1, 2000. An op ed by FPI’s Trudi Renwick, in Newsday.

A new study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute reports that New York has the most unequal income distribution of the 50 states. Concerted action by both the public and private sectors is needed to reverse this imbalance.

The average income of the top 20 percent of New York families is 14 times as large as the average income of … (read more)

Boost the Minimum Wage? Yes, to raise living standards

October 27, 1999. An op ed by James A. Parrott, Daily News.(read more)

Why the Federal and State Governments Should Both Increase and Index Their Minimum Wages

September 1999.  By Frank J. Mauro.

The first minimum wage at the federal level was signed into law in 1938, after several states including New York had enacted their own minimum wage laws. The U. S. Supreme Court had first invalidated such state laws as violating the liberty of contract and then upheld them as a proper exercise of the states’ power to protect the public health, safety and welfare. From the very beginning, such laws protected responsible employers from … (read more)

Text of March 16,1999 letter from Nancy L. Johnson sent individually to all 50 governors

March 16, 1999

The Honorable John G. Rowland Governor of Connecticut 210 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT 06106

Dear John:

Most states have not been spending all the federal dollars that have been allocated to them under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. According to our budget analysts, states have about $6 billion in unspent funds left over from fiscal years 1997 and 1998. My colleagues and I on the Committee on Ways and Means are fighting to … (read more)

Providing Paid Family Leave Through the Temporary Disability Insurance Program: An Attractive and Affordable Option

January 1999. A brief by Carolyn Boldiston.

Over the last twenty-five years, the numbers of people that work and also care for children and parents have increased dramatically. To respond to this situation, Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in 1993 which finally required employers to provide leave to care for one’s own serious health condition, including pregnancy, and to care for a new child or a seriously ill child, spouse or parent.

While the FMLA protects … (read more)

Is state death tax too high? No, gov exaggerates its impact

July 13, 1998. By Frank J. Mauro, New York Daily News. One of a pair of point-counterpoint op eds; with ‘pro’ side by Governor George E. Pataki.… (read more)

A taxing question: Free lunch or fair deal?

March 29, 1998. Counterpoint: “Only businesses would benefit from the changes,” by Frank J. Mauro, Times Union. One of a pair of op eds, with the opposite point of view taken by Daniel B. Walsh of the Business Council.… (read more)