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.
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)
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 >>
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)
September 21, 2005. Testimony by Trudi Renwick, FPI senior economist, before the NYS Assembly Committee on Social Services.
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… (read more)
September 15, 2005. An open letter to members of Congress and concerned individuals and groups on the Gulf Coast.
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… (read more)