2017

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)

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
Contact:
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)