Press releases

New York’s Poverty Rate Remains High While the National Poverty Rate Continues to Fall

September 30, 1999. Press release:

The new poverty statistics released today by the United States Census Bureau show that  New York’s poverty rate remained high while the national poverty rate continues to fall. The national poverty rate declined for the fifth consecutive year. This year’s decline was particularly large, from 13.3% to 12.7%. At the same time, however, New York’s poverty rate showed no improvement. Actually New York’s poverty rate increased from 16.5% in 1997 to 16.7% in 1998 but … (read more)

State of Working New York 1999: The Illusion of Prosperity

September 1, 1999. Prosperity bypasses most New Yorkers. Wages fall, the upstate economy falters, and the ranks of the working poor rise over the 1990s. Press release below.

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Taxpayers Deserve a Fair Shake From Businesses That Receive Government Subsidies

May 25, 1999. Legislators and coalition of statewide organizations urge New York to join national move toward greater accountability in the granting of corporate subsidies. Group press release:

“State and local taxpayers should get their money’s worth from the billions in government subsidies that are given to businesses each year in New York State,” declared the Fair Budget Campaign at a press conference this morning at the Legislative Office Building in Albany. The Fair Budget Campaign is a cooperative project … (read more)

Social Security Keeps More Than 800,000 Elderly New Yorkers Out of Poverty

April 8, 1999. Over 500,000 are women. Press release:

A new analysis by the Washington-D.C. based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities confirms that Social Security is our nation’s most important safety net program. In New York State, for example, over one million elderly would be living in poverty if it were not for Social Security. This essential social insurance program lifts a over 800,000 elderly New Yorkers out of poverty. Social Security is particularly important to the economic well-being … (read more)

Report Shows That More Than One Million New Yorkers Are Poor Despite Work

March 8, 1999. Highlights of a report released today are given in this press release:

According to a new report issued today by the Fiscal Policy Institute, New York State’s economy is not working for low-income working families. The new study, Working but Poor in New York: Improving the Economic Situation of a Hard-Working but Ignored Population, found that more than one million New Yorkers live below the poverty level despite the fact that they are members of households with … (read more)

Practical Action is Necessary to Ensure that People Doing Necessary Jobs Receive a Living Wage

December 8, 1998. New from the Fiscal Policy Institute:

The Fiscal Policy Institute today joined with two national organizations, Jobs with Justice and the National Priorities Project, and state and local organizations throughout the country, in recommending four practical strategies for closing the gap between CEO and worker pay. These groups also highlighted several ways in which federal and state government can assist working families in making ends meet and moving up the economic ladder.

To underscore the need for … (read more)

Minimum Wage Hikes Boosted Earnings Without Job Loss: Low-income Families Reap Benefits as Intended

May 18, 1998. New from the Fiscal Policy Institute:

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“The minimum wage increases that took effect in 1996 and 1997 did exactly what they were supposed to do: More than a half million New York workers got a raise, with most of the benefits going to low-income families,” said Frank Mauro, executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI), a progressive think tank based in Latham, NY, that is supported by labor unions, foundations, religious organizations and a … (read more)