Two Tax Code Changes That Could Greatly Benefit Working New Yorkers

Editorial By Ron Deutsch and Reg Foster for New York Nonprofit Media

April 14, 2017

We may see this year, among other surprises from Washington, the first effort in many years to make significant revisions to the tax code. In the last presidential election, all sides expressed concern for the conditions of working Americans who are facing retreating opportunities and wages. We hope for a resurgent economy, but for now, revamping the tax code offers an opportunity to actually help … (read more)

A Gender-Wage War Cuomo Fails to Fight

By , New York Daily News

April 20, 2017

Gov. Cuomo recently announced a comprehensive study of New York’s gender wage gap, including at least four public hearings to develop recommendations for tackling this problem.

We appreciate the sentiment, but if the governor truly wants to address this issue, he should start in his backyard — by looking at his own policies of setting wages barely above the poverty line for social assistance workers under contract with New … (read more)

Medicaid Supports New York’s Schools and Children

For immediate release:
April 20, 2017
Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute
518-786-3156 (o), 518-469-6769 (c)
Christy DeBoe Hicks, State Communications Specialist, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
(202) 408-1080; cdhicks@cbpp.org
 Medicaid Supports New York’s Schools and Children House Republican Plans to Cut Medicaid Would Jeopardize Critical Health Services for Students

[Albany, NY] – New York’s schools receive over $273 million from Medicaid each year, according to data released by the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy … (read more)

Still Time to Enact Economic Transparency Measures

By John Kaehny, Commentary

More information: John Kaehny is Executive Director of Reinvent Albany. Also contributing to this article were Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Dave Friedfel, Director of State Studies for the Citizens Budget Commission.

Albany Times Union, Published 6:00 pm, Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Last week, the state Legislature approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s request to spend about $6.5 billion on a grab bag of economic development projects and business tax breaks — … (read more)

Viewpoints: Like Google, Apple and Uber? Thank an Immigrant

April 14, 2017. In an article highlighting the significant contributions that immigrants make to the economy through business ownership, the author discusses their role in the creation of fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses. This article cites a co-released report by the Americas Society/Council on the Americas and the Fiscal Policy Institute, Bringing Vitality to Main Street.

Just consider: Of the Fortune 500 companies, 90 were founded by immigrants, a 2011 report showed.

And it’s not just the … (read more)

City Plans Hearing To Crack Down on Employers Taking Advantage Of Immigrants

April 11, 2017. An article featured in Crain’s New York Business draws attention to the hearing scheduled for April 25, at 6:30 p.m. at LaGuardia Community College’s Little Theater, where wage theft, discrimination, scheduling problems, health and safety hazards, access to paid sick leave, and freelancer payment problems will be addressed and how the city government can help to protect workers against these issues. The article argues that employers are using the fear created by immigration policies to take advantage … (read more)

Report: New York Gives Corporations More In Tax Breaks Than Any Other State

by Nathan Tempey
April 10, 2017

New York’s business tax incentives, a cornerstone of Governor Cuomo‘s two terms in office, are the most expensive and among the least effective of any in the country, according to a recent study by an economist.

…Developers who so happen to be Cuomo donors and recipients of tax breaks and copious state money for similar signature economic development projects are also at the center of federal criminal cases against two former aides to the … (read more)

FPI Releases 2017-2018 Budget Statement

For immediate release: April 11, 2017

Ron Deutsch, Executive Director
518-786-3156 (o), 518-469-6769 (c), deutsch@fiscalpolicy.org
David Dyssegaard Kallick, Senior Fellow, Director, Immigration Research Initiative
212-721-7164 (o), 646-284-1240 (c), ddkallick@fiscalpolicy.org
FPI Statement on 2017-18 Enacted State Budget

There’s no question the newly-minted state budget contains some important public policy issues that should be lauded. However, given the governor’s very vocal concerns about funding threats from Washington, we sadly missed an opportunity to be proactive in protecting New York from … (read more)

Tom Cat Bakery Workers Targeted By ICE March in Front of Trump Tower

April 7, 2017. An article highlighting a protest against an immigration crackdown on Tom Cat Bakery, located in Long Island, that was threatened with criminal charges if they continued to hire workers with out proper working credentials, quoted FPI’s data. This data came from FPI’s Working for a Better Life report.

Immigrant food workers will march on Trump Tower Saturday to protest an immigration crackdown on Long Island City’s Tom Cat Bakery, whose baguettes are served by top restaurants around … (read more)

NY Daily News: NYC jobs market booming under Cuomo — but for rest of state, it’s a different story


By Jim Heaney and Charlotte Keith

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 12:47 PM

Job creation in New York State under Gov. Cuomo is akin to a tale of two cities. There is New York City — and everyplace else.

New York City added some 600,000 jobs since Cuomo took office in 2011. That’s a 16% jump, well above the national average of 11% and better than all but five states.

Job growth is more modest elsewhere in … (read more)