2017

Watchdog Groups to Senate and Assembly: Don’t Come Home Without Passing Comprehensive Clean Contracting Reforms

For immediate release: June 5, 2017

Contact:
Ron Deutsch, Executive Director
518-786-3156 (o), 518-469-6769 (c), deutsch@fiscalpolicy.org

 

Watchdog Groups to Senate and Assembly: Don’t Come Home Without Passing Comprehensive Clean Contracting Reforms Legislature has yet to act on massive corruption risks revealed by biggest bid rigging scandal in New York State history

Watchdog groups again called on New York State Senate leader John Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to pass comprehensive Clean Contracting legislation.

To date, the legislature … (read more)

Radio: Create a Cleaner State Contract Process

May 23, 2017. Listen to Ron Deutsch, the executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, and John Kaehny, the executive director of Reinvent Albany on the Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter. Deutsch and Kaehny provide an update on the push to create a cleaner state contracting process.

Here is the link to the Capitol Pressroom.… (read more)

Being Poor: Meet ALICE the Working Poor

May 22, 2017. FPI’s Ron Deutsch joins Reg Foster, President and CEO of the United Way of New York State, Sharon F. Owens of Syracuse Community Connections and Stephanie Hoopes Halpin, PhD National Director of United Way ALICE Project on a WPBS special to discuss why the employed can be considered impoverished and what can be done to help these families. Ron argues that there are millions of New Yorkers struggling to make ends meet and that the federal poverty … (read more)

Another Voice: Driver’s License Should Be Available to All Immigrants

May 18, 2017. Jennifer R. Guzmán argues that undocumented immigrants, who we rely on for our dairy, fruits and vegetables, are struggling to fulfill their basic needs because they are prevented from obtaining a driver’s licenses and are overcharged for rides to work, the grocery store and other places. She goes on to discuss the benefits to all if the New York State Assembly Bill A4050 is passed. She cites FPI’s and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s reports in … (read more)

Government Watchdogs Push ‘Clean Contracting’ Reform in Albany

May 11, 2017. FPI and a coalition of other organizations are calling on Governor Cuomo to sign a bill for “clean contracting” in response to the bid-rigging scandal last year. The coalition calls on the Governor to restore the power to State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for all state contracts exceeding $250,000, an end to non-academic contracting by state-controlled non-profit organizations, the creation of a comprehensive “database of deals,” and a prohibition against state authorities, corporations, and affiliated non-profits doing business … (read more)

Seeking Clean State Contracting

May 10, 2017. FPI’s executive director, Ron Deutsch, joins Alex Camarda, of Reinvent Albany, and David Friedfel, from the Citizens Budget Commission, on Capital Tonight to discuss the possibility of an anti-rigging bill being passed this year. Ron argued that the time for reform is now.

Here is the link to the Capital Tonight Episode.… (read more)

Undocumented Immigrants in US Make Big Contribution in Taxes

May 4, 2017. This article discusses how immigrant youth, protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), are often perceived as not paying taxes, when they do. In order to make this argument, they cite FPI and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy’s co-released report on DACA recipients tax contributions. FPI’s David Dyssegaard Kallick also argues that their tax contributions are often overlooked. The article also argues that DACA recipients hope that their tax contributions will help them … (read more)

We Are Moving Toward a Cashless World

May 1, 2017. FPI’s David Dyssegaard Kallick is featured on Fox 5 News discussing the possibility of a “cashless future.” He argues how it is good, it is easier, and how it can help eliminate black market activity and corruption.

The owner of Harlem Pizza Company said the majority of his clients, in fact about 90 percent of them, use credit or debit cards to pay. He said he actually prefers it that way.

“The cash is a burden I … (read more)

Legal Status for Dreamers Boosts NY Tax Revenue

April 26, 2017. In an article discussing the findings of a 50-state report by The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and co-released in New York with FPI, David Dyssegaard Kallick, Director of FPI’s Immigration Research Initiative, was quoted.

The Trump administration is sending mixed messages about whether those granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status by the Obama administration will be deported or allowed to stay and work legally. David Dyssegaard Kallick, director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, said … (read more)

Immigrant Youth Add $140 Million to NY State Tax Revenues

April 25, 2017. What will happen to immigrant youth who as children were brought to the United States without legal status and were temporarily shielded from deportation by a 2012 executive order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA? The Trump Administration is projecting very mixed messages about the present and future of these young people.

To help shed some light on how DACA has allowed these young immigrants to contribute to our country and our state, a … (read more)