Press releases

Scorecard: Community Concerns vs. Public Authorities’ Actions

July 20, 2002. Prior to opening of Listening to the City II, the Labor Community Advocacy Network (LCAN) to Rebuild New York, together with New York Jobs with Justice, released a released a scorecard comparing the concerns expressed at February’s Listening to the City I with the actions that have been taken by the relevant public authorities since that event.  LCAN was convened by the the Fiscal Policy Institute and the New York City Central Labor Council of the … (read more)

Pulling Apart: New Studies Find Income Inequality in New York Worst of Any State

April 23, 2002. … and getting worse rather than better; New York has the most unequal income distribution of the 50 states and the situation in the Empire State has gotten much worse over the last two decades. This is among the findings of a new analysis of income trends in the 50 states by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute, and a companion state-level report by the Fiscal Policy Institute.

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Balancing New York State’s 2002-2003 Budget in a Fair and Balanced Manner

January 23, 2002. A critical assessment of federal, state and local policy options. FPI’s three budget reports:

Also distributed at the briefing: a group press release, below, and an updated edition of the State of Working (read more)

Despite good economic times of the last several years, 2.5 million New Yorkers continue to live in poverty

September 25, 2001. New York’s official poverty rate fell from 14.1% in 1999 to 13.4% in 2000, but more than 2.5 million New Yorkers continue to have incomes below the official poverty thresholds, according to the new income and poverty statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of the Census this morning. Press release with New York data >>(read more)

State of Working New York 2001: Working Harder, Growing Apart

September 2, 2001. The decade of boom was a bust for most New York workers and their families. Although the state’s economy grew, average New York families’ living standards are lower than in 1989, despite working more hours to make ends meet. Press release below.

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Hardships: The Real Story of Working Families

July 24, 2001. A new national study confirms that New York families need incomes well above “poverty level” to make ends meet. Fully 37.5% of New York families with young children do not earn enough to afford basic necessities. In a press release (below), FPI compares the results of a new national study by Economic Policy Institute, Hardships in America: The Real Story of Working Families, to The Self Sufficiency Standard for New York released last fall.

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Briefing: The Empire State Jobs Program

May 15, 2001. The Fiscal Policy Institute joined the other members of the Campaign for the Empire State Jobs Program to organize a briefing on the program for state officials. The Empire State Jobs program is a transitional employment program that would provide work experience, training and other needed support services to public assistance recipients with serious barriers to employment and little or no paid work experience, particularly those who are close to reaching the five-year time limit on family … (read more)

A Preliminary Analysis of the Impact of President George W. Bush’s Tax Cut Proposals on New York State

April 12, 2001. A new administration in Washington is determined to push through an unprecedented $1.6 trillion tax cut that will have far-reaching effects for years to come. This report shows that the Bush tax plan would hit the Empire State with a powerful “double whammy.” While the richest 1.1% would receive over 60 percent of the tax cut, 2.5 million New Yorkers would be left entirely. Many other New Yorkers would receive cuts that are smaller than advertised. Overall, … (read more)

Poverty Amidst Plenty 2001

February 27, 2001. New York State leaves millions of dollars unspent for anti-poverty efforts for state’s poor families. The state’s TANF funds should be fully and promptly used for the New York families that need them. A new report makes the case.

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Minimum wage hike would boost workers left behind by the economic expansion

February 7, 2001. Minimum wage hike would boost workers left behind by the economic expansion. The current proposal to increase the Federal minimum wage by $1.50 in 3 steps between now and 2003 would directly benefit more than 520,000 New York workers. Press release >>(read more)