Reports, briefs and presentations

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)

Press Release: Fair Pay for Farm Workers is Affordable

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

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

The new report: “Farm Workers’ Overtime Pay is Affordable and Long Overdue”

New Report Shows that Fair Pay for Farm Workers is Affordable

Our state can end the archaic exclusion of job protections for farm workers

(Albany, NY) Today the Fiscal Policy Institute released a new report “Farm Workers’ Overtime Pay is Affordable and Long Overdue” which looks at how giving farm workers the same rights and … (read more)

Report: Farm Workers’ Overtime Pay Is Affordable and Long Overdue

May 28, 2019. Today the Fiscal Policy Institute released a new report “Farm Workers’ Overtime Pay is Affordable and Long Overdue” which looks at giving farm workers the same rights and protection as other workers, including overtime pay for long hours, would affect farms, farm workers, their local communities and the state. With the end of 2019 legislative session rapidly approaching, the Senate has conducted hearings on The Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act and attention is now shifting to the … (read more)

Report: Nearly Half of New York Renting Families Are Rent-Burdened

April 29, 2019. Families should pay no more than 30 percent of their income for rent according to housing advocates. Many public agencies set their support levels to meet this standard. Unfortunately, we find that across New York State, and in some of its major cities, significant shares of families are paying more than 30 percent of their income in rent. This is especially true among families of color. Severe rent burdens can badly reduce families’ ability to pay for … (read more)

New Proposal Gives Needed Boost to New York’s Working Families

For Immediate Release: April 10, 2019

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

New Proposal Gives Needed Boost to New York’s Working Families

(Albany, NY) New York’s Fiscal Policy Institute welcomed Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s sponsorship of the Working Families Tax Relief Act– legislation that would begin to fix our tax laws to help working people with low-wage jobs make ends meet as they work to support themselves and their families. Introduced today the … (read more)

Fiscal Policy Institute Releases Analysis in Support of Proposed Pied-à-Terre Tax

For Immediate Release: March 26, 2019

Contact:

Jonas J.N. Shaende PhD, Chief Economist, Fiscal Policy Institute – 212.721.5624 | jshaende@fiscalpolicy.org Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute – 518.469.6769 | deutsch@fiscalpolicy.org

 

Fiscal Policy Institute Releases Analysis in Support of Proposed Pied-à-Terre Tax

Report and Analysis here. A PIED-À-TERRE TAX IS A TAX ON HIGH-VALUE LUXURY RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY that is not used by its owners as a primary residence. This type of tax has become increasingly common around the world … (read more)

Reworking New York State’s Family Tax Credits

March 8, 2019. The human costs of child poverty are staggering. Experiencing poverty as a child – even for short stints – can impair brain development, physical and mental health, and academic achievement, and increase the possibility of child welfare involvement.  And the impacts can last a lifetime.  Childhood poverty is the single best predictor of adult poverty.

Child poverty also imposes extraordinary economic costs to the state.  A report just issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and … (read more)