Cassidy-Graham Bill Would Deeply Cut Health Coverage Funding for New York

For Immediate Release

August 24, 2017                   

Media Contact: Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, FPI


Cassidy-Graham Bill Would Deeply Cut Health Coverage Funding for New York

New York Faces Deepest Cuts of All States

(Albany, NY)— A new Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill would cut New York’s federal funding by $22 billion for health coverage by 2026, according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities based in Washington DC. New York would be the hardest-hit … (read more)

New York’s Public Colleges: An Engine for Economic Mobility

August 23, 2017

Brent Kramer, PhD, Senior Economist



Public Colleges Lift Low-Income Students Into the Middle Class Investing in Public Colleges Essential to Boost Economic Mobility

Earning a four-year college degree is now considered essential for achieving a “middle-class” lifestyle, even as many new graduates have trouble landing good, full-time jobs in a weak labor market. Despite the weak labor market, graduates still have better chances of finding good jobs than do their peers without degrees.

The Fiscal … (read more)

Are Immigrants Driving the Motor City?

August 13, 2017. This article discusses how immigrants are revitalizing the city of Detroit by taking advantage of the friendly immigrant environment and cheaper housing and commercial spaces. Even though native-born residents have fled, immigrants continued to reside here and open businesses that hire local residents and makie the neighborhoods safer. The article discusses how immigrants are Detroit’s biggest hope to reverse population decline. The article also discusses the arguments that immigrant populations may be having a negative affect on … (read more)

Refugees Help Keep ‘Business Alive’ In Troubled US Cities

August 11, 2017. This article discusses the West Side Bazaar, a market in Buffalo that helps immigrants and refugees create their own businesses selling their products. The manager of this market claims that it creates a demand for services and products that didn’t previously exist and that it offers immigrants and refugees a chance to become independent again. The article goes on to argue that this market could be an example to influence lawmakers and officials to allow local governments … (read more)

Refugee Entrepreneurs ‘Keep Business Alive’ in Upstate New York

August 4, 2017. This article discusses the West Side Bazaar, a market in Buffalo, where many refugees start their businesses, such as retail, food retail and commissary kitchen booths. According to the article this market has helped create demand for products that were previously unavailable and creates employment in refugee communities. FPI’s David Kallick is cited discussing the economic impacts of refugees in Buffalo, such as helping with the reversal of population decline.

Many refugees resettled in New York live … (read more)

Uphill Employment Battle for New York’s Recent College Graduates

Brent Kramer, PhD, Senior Economist

August 3, 2017


ALBANY, New York – In today’s post-Great Recession environment, student loan debt has reached all-time highs, and more young adults are living at home longer, and are unable to purchase homes, cars, and other assets because of persistent unemployment or underemployment. Many young would-be workers are forgoing the job market altogether, and returning to school or taking unpaid internships in hopes of breaking into their respective fields.

Eight years after … (read more)

The Workers That Feed Our Families: Fighting for the Right to Organize

August 2, 2017.

The Workers That Feed Our Families: Fighting for the Right to Organize

Crispin Hernandez is a farmworker who felt he and others he worked with were not getting a fair wage or decent working conditions. The solution, he thought, was to organize with other workers to be able to negotiate with their employers. When he started organizing, however, he was fired.

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), who is representing Crispin Hernandez, filed a lawsuit against … (read more)

Fiscal Policy Institute is Expanding

August 1, 2017.

We’re pleased to announce some staff changes at the Fiscal Policy Institute.

Kendra Moses recently joined FPI as Operations Manager. Kendra comes to us from Greater Adirondack Home Aides, where she was Chief Financial Officer and Consumer Directed Medicaid Program Director.

Melissa Krug was hired as FPI’s new Poverty Policy Analyst. Melissa was a Center for Women and Government fellow at FPI through the budget season working on poverty issues.

David Dyssegaard Kallick has been promoted to … (read more)

July 28, 2017. This article discusses the “canners” in New York City, — people who look through residential trash among the luxury apartment buildings for bottles or cans to redeem for 5 cents each. Sure We Can, a non-profit bottle redemption center, has helped elevate canning socially and has helped spread money among a community with limited resources. David Dyssegaard Kallick, FPI’s Deputy Director and Director of Immigration Research, was quoted discussing the effects that living in New York and … (read more)

Advocates Look to Expose “Truth” of Poverty

July 27, 2016. New York is the wealthiest state in the entire nation but many of its residents are struggling with meeting basic needs like housing, food, and child care. A group of advocates led by the Labor-Religion Coalition (and including the Fiscal Policy Institute) across the state are coming together at truth commissions to expose the “truth” of poverty. Truth commissions are tasked with discovering and revealing past and present wrongdoing in the hope of resolving the conflict … (read more)