Job Creation Bills to be on Washington’s Agenda in 2010

December 21, 2009. An article by James Parrott, FPI’s deputy director and chief economist, who writes regularly for Gotham Gazette’s Economy section. Article >>(read more)

New York City in the Great Recession: Divergent Fates by Neighborhood and Race and Ethnicity

December 21, 2009. Current unemployment rates at a neighborhood level for New York City, and estimates of the unemployment rate by race/ethnicity and gender: the numbers show huge variations from neighborhood to neighborhood and also within neighborhoods. For example, while the overall unemployment rate in New York City was 10.1 percent in the third quarter of 2009, unemployment was 5.1 percent on Manhattan’s Upper East and West Sides in the third quarter, compared to 15.7 percent in the South and … (read more)

Recovery Act Keeping Roughly 419,000 New Yorkers Out of Poverty

December 17, 2009. New estimates released today by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) are based on seven provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that directly affect individuals: three tax credits for working families, two unemployment insurance expansions, an increase in food stamps, and a one-time payment for retirees, veterans, and people with disabilities. Not only is the Recovery Act is creating jobs, helping close state and local budget gaps, and boosting the broader economy, … (read more)

New York’s Regional Economies: The Hudson Valley

December 13, 2009. Press release, report.… (read more)

New York’s Regional Economies: Long Island

December 8, 2009. Press release, report.… (read more)

Immigrants and the Economy

November 30, 2009. This new report shows the robust immigrant contribution to GDP in the country’s 25 largest metropolitan areas. In the 25 metro areas combined, immigrants account for 20 percent of economic output and 20 percent of the population. The same basic relationship holds true, with slight variation, for each of the 25 areas, from metro Pittsburgh, where immigrants represent 3 percent of population and 4 percent of GDP, to metro Miami, where immigrants make up 37 percent of … (read more)

A Tale of Two Recessions: The State of Working New York City, 2009

November 19, 2009. While Wall Street recovers, New York City’s Main Street economy remains mired in the “Great Recession.” This report from FPI is an examination of the impact of the country’s “Great Recession” on the New York City economy. The data show the shallowness of the previous expansion from 2003 to 2007 before the onset of the Great Recession, and recession-related job losses and rising economic insecurities. The report also explores in detail the character and extent of unemployment … (read more)

Who Pays? Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States

November 18, 2009. A new study from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), co-released by FPI, shows that middle-income families in New York pay a higher share of their income in state and local taxes (12.0 percent) than do the state’s richest families (who pay only 9.4 percent of their income in state and local taxes). Data for New York, full report, 50 states.… (read more)

A Better Choice for Addressing New York State’s Projected Budget Gaps

November 5, 2009. A five-pager by FPI’s Frank Mauro and Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness. Three points: 1. First, do no harm! 2. Understand the role of federal aid and state reserves during economic downturns 3. Make better budget choices for 2010‐2011.

This brief was distributed at a press conference at which FPI, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, and a diverse group of statewide organizations joined forces to publicize the harmful impact of many of the governor’s … (read more)

Advocates Decry Mid-Year Budget Cuts in Governor’s Deficit Reduction Plan

November 5, 2009. FPI, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, and a diverse group of statewide organizations joined forces to publicize the harmful impact of many of the governor’s proposed cuts, and to urge the Legislature to look at less painful alternatives. Group press release >>(read more)