Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Spending in New York

December 27, 2005. This report, by FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick, reviews the evolution, over the past nine years, of New York State’s use of its federal TANF block grant funds and the related “Maintenance of Effort” (MOE) resources. It also presents a preliminary review of the implementation, by social services districts across the state, of the Flexible Fund for Family Services (FFFS), New York’s new state-to-local block grant.… (read more)

Who’s right on pension costs – the MTA or the TWU?

December 22, 2005. One of the issues raised by the late December 2005 strike by Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) was the future of pension or retirement plans for American workers.  A debate has also ensued about the validity of the claims by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) that pension costs are a significant cause of its projected budget gaps in 2008 and beyond, and about the pros and cons, from a policy perspective, of the MTA’s … (read more)

New York City’s Labor Market Outlook with a Special Emphasis on Immigrant Workers

December 9, 2005. A presentation for a forum sponsored by the NYC Education and Training Coalition: “NYC’s Labor Market: Where Are the Jobs?” Presentation >>(read more)

Comments by Frank J. Mauro on the Budget Reform Constitutional Amendments

October 17, 2005. The comments below were presented by Frank Mauro at a press conference today at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, New York. These comments were based on his September 1, 2005, analysis of the budget reform constitutional amendments. The Fiscal Policy Institute, as an organization, has not taken a position in support of or in opposition to the proposal on the November 8, 2005, ballot. These are the views of Frank Mauro and not those of … (read more)

Fair Taxes: The Key to Better Schools

Fall 2005. A training curriculum prepared by the Public Policy and Education Fund of New York and the Fiscal Policy Institute.… (read more)

The State of Working New York City 2005

September 27, 2005. A special supplement to the 2005 edition of the Fiscal Policy Institute’s biennial report on the State of Working New York. Presentation >>(read more)

The Effect of Welfare Reform in NYS

September 21, 2005. Testimony by Trudi Renwick, FPI senior economist, before the NYS Assembly Committee on Social Services.… (read more)

New National Report Offers Sobering Look at Trends in New York’s Early Childhood Education Workforce

September 15, 2005. This issue of Fiscal Policy Note$ takes a look at a comprehensive new report, Losing Ground in Early Childhood Education, from the Economic Policy Institute, the Keystone Research Center, and the Foundation for Child Development. Among the findings: qualifications decline among early childhood education workers with less one fourth now having college degrees. Since the early 1980s, there has been a large and unsettling dip in the qualifications of the early childhood education workers in New … (read more)

An Open Letter on the Rebuilding Process from Civic Groups in New York on 9/11 and Katrina

September 15, 2005. An open letter to members of Congress and concerned individuals and groups on the Gulf Coast.… (read more)

In Manhattan, Poor Make 2¢ for Each Dollar to the Rich

September 4, 2005. Sam Roberts cites FPI’s report The State of Working New York City 2005 in his New York Times story on income inequality in New York City.

Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue is only about 60 blocks from the Wagner Houses in East Harlem, but they might as well be light years apart. They epitomize the highest- and lowest-earning census tracts in Manhattan, where the disparity between rich and poor is now greater than in any other county … (read more)