2004

Proposed Financing for the Hudson Yards Project East of 11th Avenue

December 15, 2004. Testimony before the NYC Council Committee on Finance. Testimony >>(read more)

Low-wage New York workers deserve a raise

November 29, 2004. A letter to the editor by FPI’s senior economist, Trudi Renwick, Albany Times Union.

Your Nov. 12 editorial about the rise of poverty among working families in New York correctly pointed out that one solution to this problem would be an increase in the state’s minimum wage.

In July, both the Senate and Assembly passed a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage.

The bill, which would have established a state minimum wage of $6 per … (read more)

Social Security Keeps More than 800,000 Elderly New Yorkers Out of Poverty

November 18, 2004. Pooling the three most recent years of data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, this issue of Fiscal Policy Note$estimates poverty rates with and without Social Security benefits for the elderly in New York.… (read more)

New York State Minimum Wage Increase: Myth vs Reality

November 18, 2004. The newest issue of Fiscal Policy Note$ debunks four myths about increases in the minimum wage.… (read more)

New York Workers Who Would Benefit from an Increase in the NYS Minimum Wage to $7.15 per Hour

November 18, 2004. New analysis from FPI: county by county estimates.… (read more)

Calculating the Cost of a Sound Basic Education

November 17, 2004. A supplemental affidavit submitted by FPI to the three court-appointed referees in the landmark school funding adequacy case (Campaign for Fiscal Equity vs. New York State). This supplemental affidavit and an earlier October 26, 2004 affidavit were prepared in response to questions from the referees regarding regional cost indices, the state government’s “cost effectiveness” filter and weightings for poverty and other special needs. In these affidavits, Mauro responds to questions from the referees regarding regional cost indices, … (read more)

Women’s Economic Security in New York

November 12, 2004. Presentation prepared for the Policy Summit for Women Elected to New York State’s County and City Governments, sponsored by the  Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at the University of Rochester. Also see: Fact Sheet on NY Women’s Economic Security.… (read more)

New York Women Who Would Benefit from An Increase in the NYS Minimum Wage to $7.15 per Hour

November 12, 2004. More than 700,000 across the state. By County >>(read more)

Early Investment in Kids = Huge Payoff to Taxpayers

October 19, 2004. New York press release:

A new study being released today by the Economic Policy Institute finds that increased federal and state investments in comprehensive high quality early childhood development programs would more than pay for themselves – generating more than $2 in returns to taxpayers for every $1 invested. The overall economic benefits would be even greater – more than $8 in benefits to society for each $1 invested.

The report, Exceptional Returns: Economic, Fiscal, and Social (read more)

No Funding, No Fairness: The State of Our Schools in 2004

October 4, 2004. This new report by the Public Policy and Education Fund (PPEF) shows that little if any progress was made in 2004 and 2005 with respect toward one of the most critical issues facing New York’s educational system: the failure to adequately tie state school aid funding levels to student needs and district funding capacity.

The report debunks several of the myths surrounding the educational funding reform movement. In contrast to what some may say – that only … (read more)