An Overview of Living Wage Ordinance Initiatives

October 25, 2002. FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick gave this presentation at A Living Wage? Perspectives on the effect of minimum wage increases on community economic development, a forum sponsored by Dutchess County Outreach, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-kill, and Vassar College.… (read more)

Budget Alert: New York State’s 2003-2004 Budget Outlook

October 19, 2002. By Frank Mauro.

Late last month while discussing a broad range of topics with the editorial board of The (Troy) Record, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno predicted that New York State faces a budget gap of $8 billion to $10 billion in its 2003-2004 budget.  The magnitude of this prediction is obvious when one focuses on the fact that the state’s tax supported General Fund budget is about $40 billion.  Thus, if Senator Bruno’s prediction is accurate, … (read more)

New York State’s 2003-2004 Budget Outlook

September 26, 2002. PowerPoint presentation >>(read more)

New York State’s 2003-2004 Budget Outlook

September 26, 2002. Presentation in powerpoint.… (read more)

New York Workers Lost Billions in Retirement Assets Due to Stock Market Decline

September 20, 2002. A new report from the Institute for America’s Future estimates that workers and retirees in New York lost $10.78 billion in 401(k) assets in 2001.  This report also assesses recent congressional action on retirement security issues. FPI co-released the report in New York.… (read more)

The Building Service Industry and Displaced Building Service Workers

September 19, 2002. An analysis of the building service industry in NYC and the impact of building-service worker displacement on taxpayers and the low and moderate wage labor markets. Presented by FPI Deputy Director and Chief Economist James Parrott to the NYC City Council’s Contracts Committee. Testimony >>(read more)

Keeping Mass Transit on Track

September 18, 2002. This issue of Fiscal Policy Note$ reviews the importance of the mass transit system to the NYC metropolitan area economy, and the importance of restoring NYS and NYC financial support for the MTA to earlier levels. Report >>(read more)

Pulling Apart: Poverty, Income Inequality, and Injustice in New York State

September 7, 2002. FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick made the keynote address at the Southern Tier Labor-Religion Coalition’s annual Solidarity Supper. Her remarks were based on FPI’s April release, Pulling Apart: New Studies Find Income Inequality in New York Worst of Any State.… (read more)

State of Working New York 2002: A Weakened Economy

September 1, 2002:  This report provides the latest data on how New York state’s workers and their families are faring during the current recession. It also examines the progress made during the period of economic expansion that New York enjoyed before the current recession hit our state at the beginning of 2001, compares New York’s situation with other states and with the nation as a whole; and, examines variations within New York State.

This Labor Day, New York’s workers face … (read more)

Learning from the ’90s: How Poor Public Choices Contributed to Income Erosion in New York City

September 1, 2002. This report uses the latest economic and census data to examine the role of immigration, government policies and other factors in explaining why the economic expansion of the 1990s did not raise the income of average workers in New York City. Full report, executive summary, press release.… (read more)