2000

Are Lazio’s proposed tax cuts good for New York?

October 29, 2000. Point-counterpoint opinion from FPI’s Frank Mauro and Stephen Kagann, New York State Chief Economist, in the New York Daily News.

It’s a Boon to the Rich By Frank Mauro, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute

Rick Lazio likes to refer to his proposed tax cuts as balanced and fiscally responsible, and says they will “extend economic expansion across New York.” In reality, he fails on all three grounds.

The Lazio tax cuts are not fiscally responsible. Together … (read more)

Impossible Choices: Food and Housing or Prescription Drugs?

October 11, 2000. This report was prepared by the Fiscal Policy Institute for USAction, the nation’s largest consumer organization. It examines how rising prescription drug prices are affecting the household budgets and living standards of older Americans. The report was released today in Washington by USAction and at numerous locations around the country by USAction’s state and regional affiliates. FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick presented the reports results at USAction’s press conference in Washington, DC, while FPI Executive Director … (read more)

Building a Ladder to Jobs and Higher Wages

October 1, 2000. New York’s public and private leaders can create more jobs, expand training and educational opportunities, and ensure that work is a path out of poverty. This report from the Working Group on New York City’s Low-Wage Labor Market examines the current nature of the city’s low-wage labor market and includes a comprehensive set of policy recommendations to address the labor market problems of New York City’s growing low-wage labor force. FPI was a member of the working … (read more)

Social Security Protects 253,000 New Yorkers Under Age 40

September 27, 2000. Despite widespread public perception that Social Security is only for seniors, 253,000 young people in New York receive monthly benefits through the Social Security disability and survivors insurance programs. A new report, Young Social Security Beneficiaries in New York, discusses the impact that Social Security privatization would have on this vulnerable population. Press release below.

Social Security, America’s Most Important Safety Net Program, Protects 253,000 New Yorkers Under Age 40

These and other recipients of Disability … (read more)

The Self Sufficiency Standard for New York: How Much Do New Yorkers Really Need to Make Ends Meet?

September 13, 2000. Today, the members of the New York State Self-Sufficiency Standard Steering Committee released the Self Sufficiency Standard for New York report in Albany. The report is authored by Dr. Diana Pearce who currently teaches at the School of Social Work at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Pearce has developed these Standards for 12 other states.

Full report here, county-by county standards here. Executive summary, press release and committee members below. Also see the article … (read more)

Family Needs Far Exceed the Official Poverty Line

September 13, 2000. An article in the New York Times by Nina Bernstein, focusing on a new report on what families really face in terms of basic expenses – The Self Sufficiency Standard for New York.

Carol Williams did not need an economic study to prove that her $24,000-a-year job as an administrative assistant could not support three children in New York, even when squeezed into a one-bedroom, $600-a-month apartment in the Bronx.

“By the time I paid my … (read more)

Strengthening Social Security and Medicare – Rhetoric and Reality in the 2000 Election

September 13, 2000. Remarks of Frank J. Mauro, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute, at the retiree luncheon hosted today in New Paltz by the United University Professions, Capital District Region.

Many issues of importance to retired and soon-to-be -retired Americans are being fought out in this year’s election campaigns. Of these issues, the most important relate to the strengthening of Social Security and Medicare. I use the term “strengthening” to encompass both the protection of the benefits available under the … (read more)

County-by-County Self-Sufficiency Standards

September 13, 2000. Click on the county or metropolitan area you are interested in to download an Excel file with the estimates of the Self-Sufficiency Standard for 70 specific family types.

Metropolitan Areas Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY MSA Albany County Montgomery County Renesselaer County Schenectady County Schoharie County 

Binghamton, NY MSA Broome County Tioga County

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY PMSA Erie County Niagara

Dutchess County, NY PMSA Dutchess County

Elmira, NY MSA Chemung County

Glens Falls, NY MSA Warren County Washington County

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Testimony before the Rockland County Legislature’s Public Hearing on Proposed Living Wage Law

September 5, 2000. FPI’s Zofia Nowakowski testified:

Good evening.

My name is Zofia Nowakowski and I am a research analyst from the Fiscal Policy Institute. We are a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that undertakes research and education on tax, budget, and economic issues affecting low and middle-income New Yorkers. We have two offices, one in Albany under the direction of our Executive Director Frank Mauro, who was previously secretary of the Ways and Means Committee of the New York State Assembly. … (read more)

State of Working New York 2000: Still Waiting for Prosperity

September 2, 2000. FPI’s Labor Day 2000 report: New York’s working families are still waiting for prosperity. Wage and income gains lag for most New Yorkers.

“While workers in most of the nation are experiencing strong wage and income growth, the situation facing New York’s working men and women is improving at a snail’s pace,” said Frank Mauro, executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute.  Mauro’s comments were … (read more)