2019

Letter: Research Shows Higher Minimum Wage Good for Jobs

February 1, 2019. In a short rebuttal in regards to the minimum wage and whether it will negatively impact businesses, the author cites several studies that support the economic viability of enacting a higher minimum wage.

In one research study, Dube, Lester, and Reich in a study “Minimum Wage Effect Across State Borders,” studied the effect of one state raising minimum wages while a bordering state did not raise its minimum wages and found no adverse effect on employment. A (read more)

After $238M Condo Sale, Calls for Pied-à-Terre Tax Are Renewed

February 1, 2019. Hedge funder Ken Griffin, who owns pricey properties in several other cities, snagged the most expensive apartment in not just New York City, but the entire country—but he reportedly doesn’t even plan to use the home as his primary residence. The sale prompted several elected officials to renew calls for a pied-à-Terre tax for secondary properties in New York City.

Senator Brad Hoylman first proposed such a tax in the state legislature in 2014, after (read more)

After ‘Grotesque’ $238 Million Penthouse Sale, Calls For ‘Pied-A-Terre Tax’ Intensify

January 30, 2019. Hedge funder Ken Griffin, who owns pricey properties in several other cities, snagged the most expensive apartment in not just New York City, but the entire country—but he reportedly doesn’t even plan to use the home as his primary residence. The sale prompted several elected officials to renew calls for a pied-à-Terre tax for secondary properties in New York City.

The pied-à-terre tax is not a new concept. Back in 2014, state Senator Brad Hoylman drafted (read more)

Renewed Push for Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Comes Amid Political Change

January 30, 2019. With Democrats holding a commanding majority in the state Senate and Assembly, New York immigration advocates see a clear path to passing legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses.

Approximately 92,000 undocumented immigrants over age 16 in the Lower Hudson Valley, according to the Fiscal Policy Institute, a union-backed think tank in Albany.

Find the article at lohud.… (read more)

Trump Imagines 14 Million New “Illegal Aliens”

January 27, 2019. In response to questionable numbers regarding undocumented immigrants stated by the Trump Administration, the Daily Beast breaks down the number and cost of taking in more undocumented immigrants.

“It’s frustrating that the president of the United States throws out numbers without any way documenting what he is talking about, and then sends reporters and researchers scrambling to try to second guess what he may be talking about,” David Dyssegaard Kallick, director of immigration research at the Fiscal (read more)

January 24, 2019. For several years, advocates have sought to allow New York residents access to state driver’s licenses regarding of their immigration status. The effort has languished since 2007, when then-governor Eliot Spitzer unsuccessfully tried three times to reinstate driving licenses for non-citizens. The privilege had been rescinded in New York in part because of security concerns in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The Fiscal Policy Institute concluded $57 million a year in recurring revenue … (read more)

Immigration Rules Change Could Mean More Kids Separated From Parents

January 23, 2019. Anti-poverty and children’s advocates are bracing for the fallout of proposed federal policy changes that would slash access to the social safety net for immigrant families, which could result in more children entering foster care.

In California alone, 6.8 million people — 35 percent of whom are children — would be affected by the proposed changes to public charge, according to The Children’s Partnership. Nationwide, that number could be as many as 15 million adults and 9 … (read more)