Testimony

The advantages of a career pathways job training program

January 24, 2008. Statement of Trudi Renwick, Senior Economist Before the Assembly Standing Committee on Higher Education. Such a program would contribute to a comprehensive strengthening of New York’s postsecondary education system.… (read more)

FPI Comments on NYSERDA’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Rulemaking

December 24, 2007.  FPI comments urging NYSERDA to amend the proposed rule to include low-income protection as an explicitly mandated purpose for the proceeds of the auction of the RGGI allowances and to add at least one low-income advocate to the list of stakeholders to be included in the advisory group to oversee the expenditures of the auction proceeds.… (read more)

Testimony on economic development in New York State

December 18, 2007. Submitted by FPI’s chief economist James Parrott to the New York State Division of the Budget. New York’s trillion dollar economy has the potential to be a dynamic economy that rewards all New Yorkers, but challenges abound, including volatility on Wall Street. And there is little to show for the billions of dollars spent on economic development in 2007 by state and local governments. New York needs a new approach that is strategic, diverse, coordinated and accountable. … (read more)

Testimony of Frank Mauro before the NYS Division of the Budget Public Hearing on Property Taxes

December 13, 2007. This testimony describes the special problems faced by New York localities with relatively weak tax bases compared to their needs. To a large extent, state fiscal policies have caused great pressure on property taxes in needy cities, counties and school districts, including decisions: to reduce revenue sharing; to decrease the share of local school budgets covered by state aid, to divide the non-federal share of Medicaid costs without considering ability to pay, and to allocate STAR benefits … (read more)

Testimony of Frank Mauro before the NYS Assembly Standing Committee on Real Property Taxation

December 5, 2007. Using data from the American Community Survey, FPI estimates the cost, number of beneficiaries and average benefits of the circuit breaker credit, as proposed (Galef/Little A.1575/S.1053) and with several modifications. Read the testimony >>(read more)

Testimony on New York State’s Brownfields Cleanup and Opportunity Area Programs

September 25, 2007. Testimony submitted by FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro to the Senate and Assembly Committees on Environmental Conservation.… (read more)

Testimony on paid family leave

September 20, 2007. Testimony on paid family leave. Presented by FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick to the Senate Democratic Conference in Albany, and by FPI Director of Communications Jo Brill to Senator Maziarz in Niagara Falls.… (read more)

Testimony on the 2007-2008 Executive Budget – Human Services

March 1, 2007. Testimony presented by FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick.… (read more)

Testimony on the 2007-2008 Executive Budget

February 28, 2007. Testimony presented by FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro to the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees.… (read more)

Financing of the Hudson Yards Project and the Rail Yards Agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority

October 10, 2006. Testimony of FPI Deputy Director and Chief Economist James Parrott before the NYC Council Committees on Finance and Transportation. Testimony >>(read more)