Reports, briefs and presentations

In Solidarity

The Fiscal Policy Institute stands in solidarity with protesters voicing outrage over the recent murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and the long history of violent abuse and killing of Black people at the hands of police in city after city, town after town, year after year.

Black lives matter. Yet the history of racism built into our society actively harms Black people. We must do better for our state and our nation.

In our research at the Fiscal … (read more)

Strengthen Medicaid and Protect Health Coverage for New Yorkers

May 20, 2020

This time last year, New York celebrated its lowest rate of residents without health insurance to date at 5 percent. A historic low that is a continuation of nearly a decade of decline in people who lack health insurance, this record-breaking success set New York apart from the national trend of rising uninsured rates.

The public health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic threatens past success in reducing the rate of the uninsured in New … (read more)

FPI Comments on Federal Reserve Action

April 17, 2020

Recently, the Federal Reserve took a welcome step forward for states struggling in the wake of the pandemic by creating a new way to lend money directly to states and municipalities.  Through the Municipal Liquidity Facility, New York and other states struggling with a sudden drop-off in much-needed revenue can now access the funds needed to cover essential services.

While this is helpful in the short-term, states will need to borrow until their revenues recover. And that … (read more)

Report: Spotlight on NY’s Essential Workers

The coronavirus crisis has put a new focus on “essential workers,”  people who are bringing deliveries to our homes, working in supermarkets and convenience stores, keeping the public transportation system functioning, providing social services and childcare, and working in the healthcare industry.

These essential workers have always played a critical role in keeping our communities running. At a time when many streets are eerily empty, however, we can see all the more clearly who is still out there making sure … (read more)

NY’s Best Prescription? An Accurate Census Count

While the coronavirus is upending our daily lives, we must not let this public health crisis derail our state’s census participation. New York must have an accurate count because it will affect our lives for the next 10 years – including the resources our state has to combat the next health threat or climate crisis.

All New Yorkers should complete a census form – either by mail, phone, or online. More information on completing the census is available from the … (read more)

Federal and State Relief Should Help All: Immigrants Should Not Be Left Behind

During this time of crisis, the coronavirus pandemic, federal and state governments need to ensure that all of us, regardless of immigration status and the job we hold in society, are safe, healthy, and have access to critical services. No one should be left to struggle on their own during a global pandemic. As a society, we want to encourage everyone who is sick to stay home from work and have access to medical care if they need it. Now … (read more)

Investing in Refugees: New York Must Continue to Lead

The New York State Enhanced Services to Refugees Program began in 2017 as a remarkable response to the federal government’s retreat from refugee resettlement. New York did what no other state would: provide flexible state funds to support the state’s strong network of resettlement agencies through a difficult time, and help them reframe their focus on integration. New York State allocated $2 million for NYSESRP in fiscal years 2018, 2019, and 2020. Because of continued federal cuts in support for (read more)

The New York State Budget Must Support All New Yorkers.

January 6, 2020

As the New York State legislative session begins with the state facing a multi-billion-dollar state budget deficit, the question is clear—what kind of New York do we want and how will we get there?  The Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) urges Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie to choose sound economic and social policies that promote growth and development for the many rather than the few so that all New … (read more)

FPI’s New Report Highlights the Unequal State of New York

For Immediate Release: December 6, 2019

Media Contact: Fern Whyland, Communications Director, whyland@fiscalpolicy.org, 315-436-0558

The Unequal State of New York

The Majority of Income is Captured by the Fewest New Yorkers

Read the report: The Unequal State of New York click here.

(Albany, NY) The Fiscal Policy Institute reports that New York State has the most unequal income distribution in the nation, with the fewest people capturing the greatest share. Not since the “Gilded Age” of the 1920s has … (read more)

Media Roundup: The Staggering Cost of Long Island’s Opioid Crisis

September 10, 2019.  On Wednesday, September 4, the Long Island Community Foundation, the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, the Fiscal Policy Institute and the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) marked National Recovery Month by unveiling a ground-breaking report “The Staggering Cost of Long Island’s Opioid Crisis” showing the economic impact of addiction. In addition to the devastating personal costs, the opioid health crisis has had a significant impact on Long Island’s economy through lost productivity, and other … (read more)