2018

As Chinatown Residents Panic Over Latest Trump Immigration Crackdown, Forum Offers Advice

November 23, 2018. This article discusses the efforts of Illinois State Representative Theresa Mah to provide accurate information to the Chinese community who live in Chinatown about the Trump administration’s proposed “public charge” rule. The article highlights the forum that was held to provide information on “public charge” so that community members do not make critical decisions about their healthcare and public assistance based on fear and misinformation.

The latest Trump administration immigration crackdown could hit Chicago’s Chinese community hard … (read more)

Does Amazon Cuomo’s ‘$9 To $1’ Sales Pitch Make Sense?

November 20, 2018. This article discusses the tax breaks that Governor Cuomo has agreed to give Amazon for moving one of their headquarters to Long Island City. The article goes on to discuss the Governor’s argument for agreeing to provide Amazon with an estimated $3 billion in subsidies that includes city and state tax breaks, infrastructure slush funds, and helipads, which he argues is benefiting New York State because if he didn’t provide these tax breaks the state would miss … (read more)

Trump Administration Policy Change Could Cost New York as Many Jobs as Amazon Would Bring, Councilman Says

November 20, 2018. This article discusses the Trump administration’s proposed “public charge” rule, which would make it harder for immigrants to obtain legal permanent residency if they currently use or have used specific public benefits. The author makes a comparison between Amazon and the “Public Charge” rule, which is that Amazon plans to bring 25,000 jobs to New York, while according to an FPI analysis, the “public charge” rule would cost New York a 25,000 job loss. The author also … (read more)

New York Is Giving Amazon a Helipad and New Yorkers Are Furious

November 15, 2018. This article discusses the incentive package that the Governor is offering Amazon choosing to move “HQ2” to Long Island City. According to the article, the package includes a helipad and $1.5 billion in incentives, which New Yorkers and political leaders are angry about.

New Yorkers are infuriated the only infrastructure improvement they will see from the city’s deal with Amazon is apparently a helipad for Jeff Bezos and his lieutenants at HQ2 (and-a-half). It’s not the biggest … (read more)

New York Is Giving Amazon a Helipad and New Yorkers Are Furious

November 15, 2018. This article discusses the incentive package that the Governor is offering Amazon choosing to move “HQ2” to Long Island City. According to the article, the package includes a helipad and $1.5 billion in incentives, which New Yorkers and political leaders are angry about.

New Yorkers are infuriated the only infrastructure improvement they will see from the city’s deal with Amazon is apparently a helipad for Jeff Bezos and his lieutenants at HQ2 (and-a-half). It’s not the biggest … (read more)

New Amazon HQ Plans Not Sitting Well With New York Lawmakers

November 15, 2018. In an interview with ABC News 10, Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, discusses the new Amazon HQ plans.

Link to the video on ABC News 10.… (read more)

A First Look At Everything New York Will Give Amazon To Come To Queens

November 14, 2018. This article discusses the tax subsidies that Governor Cuomo and Bill de Blasio agreed to provide Amazon for moving one of their headquarters to Long Island City. This article highlights the subsidies which include $1.2 billion in “Excelsior tax credits” under New York’s Excelsior jobs program, $505 million in capital grants to repay Amazon for their construction costs, and the creation of a General Project Plan for the state to take control of the land which will … (read more)

The Mystery Tax Breaks Bringing Amazon to LIC

November 13, 2018. This article discusses Amazon’s interest to possibly split “HQ2” between Long Island City, New York and Arlington, Virginia and the Governor’s incentive package with potentially million dollars of subsidies that has not been shared with the public. The author goes on to discuss that many critics, including the Fiscal Policy Institute, do not think that Amazon should get subsidies because they are unfair and that there should be increased transparency.

Amazon’s search for a location for its … (read more)

Amazon Plans to Split

November 13, 2018. FPI’s Deputy Director and Director of Immigration Research, David Dyssegaard Kallick, was interviewed on SinoVisionNet where he discussed Amazon’s plans to split HQ2 to Long Island City, New York and Arlington, Virginia. He suggested that Long Island City is a finalist because they have the labor force that Amazon may be looking for, with highly educated residents. He highlights that Long Island City has La Guardia Community College and the opportunity for expansion. Kallick was asked about … (read more)

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Last month, the Department of Homeland Security publicized a proposed Public Charge rule that would punish immigrants going through official immigration processes and their families for applying for or receiving government benefits for which they are legally eligible. This would take away vital government assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, and housing assistance from low-income immigrant families, including U.S. (read more)