Impact of a budget veto on New Yorkers’ vital human needs

October 31, 2007.  FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick participated in a telephone press conference organized by Citizen Action and the Emergency Campaign for America’s Priorities to illustrate the impact of a budget veto on New Yorkers’ vital human needs. Read ECAP’s press release.… (read more)

Difference between the President’s Budget and House Appropriations: Impact on New York State for Selected Programs

October 29, 2007. President Bush has threatened to veto an array of appropriations bills because they provide funding for domestic programs above the levels he requested in his budget. Adopting the president’s budget request would mean significantly less funding in some key domestic programs that provide critical services to a broad swath of families and communities – less than the House has appropriated, less than the amount needed to keep pace with inflation and in some cases, even less than … (read more)

TANF Spending in New York

October 24, 2007. A presentation by FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick at a meeting convened by the New York Children’s Action Network (New York CAN) Income Security Subcommittee.… (read more)

Property Taxes on Long Island: Zeroing in on the Problems and Solutions

October 15, 2007. This report takes a fresh look at the property tax “crisis” and finds that: flawed evaluations have resulted in flawed solutions, taxpayers in poorer districts struggle the most, and voters in wealthy districts choose to pay for high quality schools while voters in poorer districts have a much higher rate of rejecting school budgets. Two oft-touted reforms have a negative impact on local control and school equity; circuit breaker reform in contrast can be well targeted to … (read more)

Testimony on the adequacy of the public assistance grant in New York State

September 28, 2007.  Testimony presented by FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick to the Assembly Standing Committee on Social Services.… (read more)

New York’s Empire Zone Program

September 27, 2007. A presention given by FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick as part of “Who Benefits? State and Local Subsidy Reform,” a panel discussion at a conference sponsored in Buffalo by Cornell’s ILR School and others, “The High Road Runs Through the City: Advocating for Economic Justice at the Local Level.”… (read more)

State of Working New York 2007: Encouraging Recent Gains, but Troubling Long-Term Trends

September 1, 2007. Upstate regions gain jobs, led by the Buffalo metro area. Four years into an economic expansion, New Yorkers finally got a slight raise last year, according to this year’s edition of The State of Working New York. In particular, the troubled upstate economy has experienced encouraging payroll growth, with Buffalo leading the way. But overall, these modest gains stand out against a backdrop of worrisome long-term trends. For example: workers aren’t seeing wage increases commensurate with their … (read more)

Testimony on New York State’s Brownfields Cleanup and Opportunity Area Programs

September 25, 2007. Testimony submitted by FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro to the Senate and Assembly Committees on Environmental Conservation.… (read more)

Testimony on paid family leave

September 20, 2007. Testimony on paid family leave. Presented by FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick to the Senate Democratic Conference in Albany, and by FPI Director of Communications Jo Brill to Senator Maziarz in Niagara Falls.… (read more)

Statement from Frank Mauro on the New Poverty Data Released Today by the United States Census Bureau

August 28, 2007. Worrisome trends: New York continues to have the highest poverty rate of all of the northeastern and northern industrial states. The poverty rates in New York’s major upstate cities are incredibly high. Median household income is flat. Press release with statement >>(read more)