2008

Paying good wages shields taxpayers from waste

February 14, 2008. A column about IDA reform by FPI executive director Frank Mauro and Micaela Shapiro-Shellaby of the Coalition for Economic Justice, Buffalo News.… (read more)

The Cost of Affordable Housing Construction in New York City

February 14, 2008. Testimony presented by FPI chief economist James Parrott to the Assembly Committee on Housing. Significant fiscal costs arise from the rampant practice in affordable housing construction of illegally misclassifying workers as independent contractors or off the books. Also, paying prevailing wage can actually decrease costs, by attracting more productive workers. Testimony >> (read more)

Setting the Context for Commission Deliberations

February 12, 2008. This presentation was prepared by Frank Mauro, executive director of FPI, for the February 12, 2008, meeting of the New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief.

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Property Taxes in New York: A State Problem Calling for a State Solution

February 11, 2008. Why are property taxes so high in New York? State fiscal policies have created the bind. This brief looks at four reforms that would help – and could be funded in a way that makes the overall tax system fairer. In the meantime, a middle class circuit breaker would ease the pressure on the property tax much more effectively that the Middle Class STAR program.

On May 22, 2008, the brief was handed out at a public … (read more)

Getting bang for our buck: Economic development in New York State

February 11, 2008. Despite the billions currently spent on economic development, we have relatively little to show for it. The appropriate guiding principle is building the middle class – thus increasing the already impressive productivity of New York workers. Logical next steps include scrapping Empire Zones, reforming IDAs and more. Brief >>(read more)

Testimony on the 2008-2009 Executive Budget – Economic Development and Taxes

February 11, 2008. Testimony submitted by FPI executive director Frank Mauro to the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means committees. Given the many signs that we are in a recession, state leaders must be especially careful about the way they close the state budget gap. Some gap-closing strategies could actually exacerbate the downturn.… (read more)

Testimony on the 2008-2009 Executive Budget – Human Services

February 5, 2008. Testimony submitted by FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick to the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees. Renwick explains several important policy opportunities for New York: increase the basic welfare grant; liberalize the earned income disregard; finance the Earned Income Tax Credit from the General Fund; and take child care funding out of the Flexible Fund for Family Services (FFFS), to ensure that adequate resources go for this essential work support. Renwick includes a series of … (read more)

Stimulating the Economy

January 29, 2008. An article by James Parrott, FPI’s deputy director and chief economist, who writes monthly for Gotham Gazette’s Economy section. Article >>(read more)

The advantages of a career pathways job training program

January 24, 2008. Statement of Trudi Renwick, Senior Economist Before the Assembly Standing Committee on Higher Education. Such a program would contribute to a comprehensive strengthening of New York’s postsecondary education system.… (read more)

Family’s experiment with welfare grant shows need for a boost in funding

January 22, 2008. A letter to the editor by FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick, Albany Times-Union.(read more)