2017

Investigative Post: “Job growth across upstate New York remains sluggish despite billions in economic development subsidies”

This is the first part of a series that runs through Thursday. The full lineup of stories, columns and radio interviews can be found here »

March 28, 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has sunk a lot of taxpayer money – $25 billion by his estimate – into recharging upstate’s moribund economy.

The governor has increased spending on subsidy programs to record levels, launched bold policy initiatives and crisscrossed upstate to announced projects he has frequently described as “game-changers.”

“Economic success … (read more)

Over 80 Upper-Income New Yorkers Urge Governor Cuomo and Legislature to Extend and Expand the Millionaires’ Tax

March 21, 2017. The Fiscal Policy Institute and Responsible Wealth released a letter signed by over 80 wealthy New Yorkers urging Governor Cuomo to extend and expand the millionaires’ tax, currently in place but set to expire at the end of this year.

Signers include Eileen Fisher, Abigail Disney, Steven C. Rockefeller, George Soros, David A. Levine, Dal LaMagna, Lewis B. Cullman, among other notable names. All signers, many members of the Responsible Wealth project, are residents of New York … (read more)

PA Joins Other Cities in Legal Action Against Travel Ban; Cities Join States in Effort to Halt White House Order

March 24, 2017. FPI and Americas Society/Council of the Americas co-released report on immigrant business ownership, “Bringing Vitality to Main Street, How Immigrant Small Businesses Help Local Economies Grow”, was cited in an amicus brief that Philadelphia submitted to the federal district court in Seattle to challenge President Trump’s travel ban.

The City of Philadelphia is among two dozen U.S. cities that have filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief in the federal district court in Seattle, where six States have challenged … (read more)

FPI Policy Brief Press Statement: Time to Expand the Millionaires’ Tax

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute, 518-469-6769, deutsch@fiscalpolicy.org

March 7, 2017. The Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) recently released a Policy Brief analyzing New York’s gross income disparity, recommending common sense solutions to narrowing the gap.

Since the 1980s, the income gap in the United States—as indicated by the wealthiest 1 percent’s share of total income—has grown significantly. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has been compiling income data since 1979, and has found that the … (read more)

Report: “Undervalued and Underpaid: How New York State Shortchanges Nonprofit Human Services Providers and Their Workers”

March, 2017. The substantial growth in New York’s nonprofit human services sector has come in response to a host of social, demographic and economic changes. The State and its local governments have turned to nonprofit organizations to provide these critical services; these are public services that serve many populations, including children and those with low incomes striving to enter the middle class. Millions of New Yorkers are directly served, and all New Yorkers reap the benefits of more stable … (read more)

AP News: Rich New Yorkers Ask State to Raise Their Taxes

March 21, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some of the wealthiest New Yorkers are asking the state to raise their taxes.

Eighty people including George Soros, Steven Rockefeller and Abigail Disney wrote to lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying they and other top earners can afford to pay more to support schools, roads, bridges and programs to help poor and homeless New Yorkers. (read more)… (read more)

Press Release: Over 80 Wealthy New Yorkers Urge Governor Cuomo to Extend and Expand Millionaires’ Tax

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2017

Contact: Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute, 518-469-6769, deutsch@fiscalpolicy.org

Mike Leyba, Responsible Wealth, 562-266-4357, mleyba@faireconomy.org

Over 80 Upper-Income New Yorkers Urge Governor Cuomo and Legislature to Extend and Expand the Millionaires’ Tax

As New York State braces for proposed federal budget cuts that could have a devastating impact on health care, education and infrastructure investments across the state, more than 80 New York residents with incomes in the top 1% have sent an open letter … (read more)

Times Union Opinion: Expand tax credit for low-income workers in New York

By Ron Deutsch and Reg Foster, Commentary

Published, Albany Times Union 5:25 pm, Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A young woman juggling an entry-level administrative job and classes at a community college; a divorced dad working 40 hours a week as a custodian to help support his two kids; a veteran trying to make a living back home after serving our country overseas: They, and millions of other hard-working Americans, struggle to make ends meet because their jobs pay low wages.… (read more)

March 2017 NYC Budget Presentation

In his briefing on Mayor deBlasio’s Preliminary FY 2018 NYC Budget, James Parrott highlights the following:

Cautious in face of an uncertain Washington: Federal aid is 1/3 of State budget (which is 18% of City budget); 8-10 % of City budget; 64% of NYCHA budget; and nearly half of the Health and Hospitals budget.

State budget better this year, but still challenges: Governor proposed to extend millionaires tax, but it should be enhanced; threat to CFE-settlement determined school aid; handful … (read more)

Trump’s Merit-Based Immigration Plan Could Mean a Smaller Buffalo

March 14, 2017. In an article featured in the Buffalo News, impacts on Buffalo due to President Trump’s possible merit-based immigration plan are discussed such as population decline, a smaller tax-base, an older population and a decrease in availability of workers for jobs that pay lower wages. FPI’s David Dyssegaard Kallick was quoted discussing the impact Trump’s merit based immigration plan would have on the workforce.

Trump asked the two senators to work on adding a merit-based component to their … (read more)