2008

The economics of tax reform

May 1, 2008. Executive director Frank Mauro spoke at a meeting of the Ulster County Legislature’s Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding and Tax Reform in New Paltz.

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How Will the Economic Downturn Affect New York City’s Nonprofit Sector?

May 1, 2008. As public funds and private donations come under strain, and uncertainty clouds the horizon, New York’s nonprofits can respond not only by cutting costs, but also by presenting cogent facts about the impact of recession on society. Presented by chief economist James Parrott at 2008 Nonprofit Day: Proactive Responses to the Economic Downturn, for Manhattan, Bronx & Westchester. Sponsored by the Nonprofit Connection and Citi Foundation. Brochure. Presentation for Manhattan, Bronx & Westchester. Additional presentations … (read more)

New Jersey town offers immigration insights

April 21, 2008.  A column by FPI senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick, Newsday.… (read more)

City Could Raise Revenues and Level Playing Field for Business

April 15, 2008. FPI examines the business tax treatment of “carried interest” earned by private equity fund and hedge fund managers, and finds that closing the carried interest loophole could raise $160-$225 million in new revenue for New York City – while leveling the playing field for New York businesses. Press release, full report.… (read more)

Meeting of the New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief – Syracuse

April 10, 2008. FPI executive director Frank Mauro spoke at the meeting of the New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief. Transcript (starting on page 7).… (read more)

Pulling Apart: Gap Between New York’s Wealthy and Poor Is Still the Widest in the Nation

April 9, 2008. New York has the dubious distinction of having the widest income gap between the rich and the poor of all 50 states, according to this report released by FPI in conjunction with a national study of income trends in the 50 states by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute. The report also shows that inequality in New York City is even more extreme than in the state as a whole. Also … (read more)

Is America becoming a lottery society?

April 1, 2008. An op ed by FPI senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick, New York Metro.… (read more)

Honoring Dr. King’s Commitment to Unions

March 31, 2008. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated forty years ago while in Memphis supporting the unionization of African American sanitation workers. To commemorate Dr. King’s commitment to unionization, FPI and the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) are releasing new data about unionization among blacks in the nation and in New York State. Press release and data tables (unionization rates and union membership by race, 50 states). Also see CEPR’s Unions and Upward Mobility for African-American Workers(read more)

State Budget Experts Present Ideas on the State Budget

March 27, 2008. What does the millionaires’ tax have to do with the Syracuse economy? That was just one topic of discussion at the Southeast Community Center on Thursday evening when advocates from local nonprofit organizations, labor leaders and community members gathered to study the state budget. Press release >>(read more)

Over 100 Organizations Call for the Millionaires’ Tax

March 26, 2008. More than 100 organizations came together as the Better Choice Budget Campaign (of which FPI is a member) to urge leaders to listen to the public and support the millionaires’ tax. Additional materials from the press conference: op ed on better choices by Ron Deutsch; Siena poll showing overwhelming public support for millionaires’ tax (question 23); and fact sheet from New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness laying out short and long term solutions to burgeoning property taxes. Also, … (read more)