Testimony

Testimony at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2010-2011 Executive Budget Proposal – Economic Development

February 1, 2010. Testimony presented by James Parrott, FPI’s Deputy Director and Chief Economist.… (read more)

Testimony on Employee Misclassification in New York’s Underground Economy – Assembly Labor Committee

January 27, 2010. Testimony presented by James Parrott, FPI’s Deputy Director and Chief Economist, to the Assembly Labor Committee. Research shows that misclassification of employees as so-called independent contractors places a significant burden on taxpayers (including unpaid income taxes as well as avoidance of unemployment benefits and health insurance premiums) and has the broader effect of weakening job security and even physical safety. Over decades, government has established employment standards and social insurance systems to protect workers and responsible businesses … (read more)

Testimony on Employee Misclassification in New York’s Underground Economy – Senate Labor Committee

January 13, 2010.  Testimony presented by James Parrott, FPI’s Deputy Director and Chief Economist, to the Senate Labor Committee.(read more)

Testimony on Governor Paterson’s Proposed 2009-2010 Deficit Reduction Plan

October 26, 2009. Testimony presented by James Parrott, Deputy Director and Chief Economist of FPI, to the Senate Finance Committee.… (read more)

Testimony on Governor Paterson’s Proposed 2009-2010 Deficit Reduction Plan

October 21, 2009. Testimony presented by Frank Mauro, Executive Director of FPI, and Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, to the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. Mauro and Deutsch discussed why $1.8 billion of the $3 billion in deficit reduction actions proposed by Governor Paterson for the current state fiscal year would harm the still-fragile state economy. The Governor’s other $1.2 billion in gap-closing recommendations together with additional actions that will not hurt the state economy … (read more)

Retail Wages in New York City

June 24, 2009. Testimony before the Bronx Community Board 7’s public hearing on the Kingsbridge Armory Project, presented by research associate Michele Mattingly. As New York City leaves behind an economic era characterized by a financial sector distorted by reckless speculation, it is imperative that we rebuild the city economy on the basis of good, family-supporting jobs that create and sustain the middle-class.… (read more)

Testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform

May 21, 2009. Presented by chief economist James Parrott at the committee’s  public hearing on New York State’s business tax reform. New York could have a more rational and fairer business tax system by adopting a rule to fix problems with the way multi-state corporate income is apportioned, by revamping its overly generous Investment Tax Credit, and by adjusting its taxation of unincorporated businesses. Testimony >>(read more)

Outsourcing Public Services to the Private Sector

May 7, 2009. Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor and Committee on Contracts. “Contracting in” offers budget savings and efficiency while promoting better quality jobs for New Yorkers. To pursue these goals, the Council should consider reforms to the contracting process and decision-making.… (read more)

The Economic Situation of New York City’s Low- and Moderate-Income Households

April 30, 2009. Testimony presented by chief economist James Parrott to the Rent Guidelines Board. Three points: this is the worst recession since the Great Depression with sharply higher unemployment; inflation-adjusted wages and incomes are falling for most New York families; and housing costs are placing an enormous burden on New York City working families.… (read more)

Exploring progressive changes to New York State’s personal income tax system

March 12, 2009. This testimony, presented by FPI executive director Frank Mauro to the New York State Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform, includes a discussion of the Omnibus Tax Reform Bill. The goal of the bill: to restore fairness to taxation with both short term relief and long term solutions.… (read more)