2001

Testimony of Frank Mauro to the President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security

September 2001.  Testimony.… (read more)

Testimony of FPI Senior Economist Moshe Adler to the President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security

September 2001.  Testimony.… (read more)

State of Working New York 2001: Working Harder, Growing Apart

September 2, 2001. The decade of boom was a bust for most New York workers and their families. Although the state’s economy grew, average New York families’ living standards are lower than in 1989, despite working more hours to make ends meet. Press release below.

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Impact of the 2001-2002 Bare Bones Budget on School Districts, County by County

August 2001. Click on the county you are interested in to download a PDF file summarizing the impact of the Bare Bones Budget on the school districts in that county.

Counties Albany Allegany Broome Cattaraugus Cayuga Chautauqua Chemung Chenango Clinton Columbia Cortland Delaware Dutchess Erie Essex Franklin Fulton Genesee Greene Hamilton Herkimer Jefferson Lewis Livingston Madison Monroe Montgomery Nassau Niagara Oneida Onondaga Ontario Orange Orleans Oswego Otsego Putnam Rensselaer Rockland St. Lawrence Saratoga Schenectady Schoharie Schuyler Seneca Steuben Suffolk Sullivan(read more)

Hardships: The Real Story of Working Families

July 24, 2001. A new national study confirms that New York families need incomes well above “poverty level” to make ends meet. Fully 37.5% of New York families with young children do not earn enough to afford basic necessities. In a press release (below), FPI compares the results of a new national study by Economic Policy Institute, Hardships in America: The Real Story of Working Families, to The Self Sufficiency Standard for New York released last fall.

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Proposed TANF Regulations

July 6, 2001. Comments prepared by FPI’s Frank Mauro for the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, on a proposed amendment to Title 18 of New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, with respect to exceptions to 5-year time limits.… (read more)

Economists’ Statement on the Minimum Wage

June 8, 2001. The pdf version of this letter, which was sent to state senators, includes the list of signers.

We 80+ economists from throughout New York support an increase in the state minimum wage to $6.75 an hour. The Assembly has already passed a bill to this effect, and we urge you to join in this bipartisan effort to make work pay in New York State.

Increasing the minimum wage to $6.75 in 2002 and tying further increases to … (read more)

A Giveaway to Landlords

June 8, 2001. An op ed by Moshe Adler and James Parrott, published in the New York Daily News.

With commercial rents skyrocketing, Mayor Giuliani and the City Council have decided to step in. Hold on to your wallet. Ostensibly to help commercial tenants, the mayor and the Council have decided to transfer $25 million a year from the pockets of taxpayers to the pockets of landlords.

Here is how it will work.

The city taxes commercial rents when … (read more)

Safety net urged for state’s poor

May 16, 2001. An article by Erika Rosenberg, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, related to a briefing prepared by the Campaign for the Empire State Jobs Program.

New York needs a $190 million program to help thousands of families approaching the five-year time limit for receiving welfare benefits, advocates for the poor said yesterday.

About 63,000 welfare cases — including 2,095 in Monroe County — are expected to hit a federal time limit in December, according to the latest … (read more)

Jobs urged as welfare deadline looms

May 16, 2001. An article by Elizabeth Benjamin, Albany Times-Union, related to a briefing prepared by the Campaign for the Empire State Jobs Program: a state-subsidized program would aid thousands reaching end of 5-year benefits limit.

Labor unions and activists on Tuesday called on lawmakers to approve a $190 million program to provide 8,000 state-subsidized jobs for people who will hit a five-year time limit for federal welfare benefits in December.

The program proposed in a bill sponsored … (read more)