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Ever Heard of Burmese Sushi Counters? You’ve Probably Been to One

October 29, 2017. This article, featured on the front page of The New York Times, tells the story of Gam Aung, a refugee from Burma that started his own sushi counters. Although he has not finished high school and not yet mastered the English language, he lives what he calls the “American Dream.” Many may not know that their sushi is in fact made by people from Burma, and assume the makers are Japanese. This article also highlights the success … (read more)

GOP Plan to Scrap Tax Deduction Would Hurt New York, Lawmakers Say

10/26/2017. This article discuss how experts, congressional lawmakers and advocates warn that the impact of repealing a popular state and local tax deduction would be felt by the middle class in New York City and the rest of the state, which has one of the highest tax burdens in the country.

“New York City would definitely be hit the hardest in New York State,” Ron Deutsch, executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, an Albany-based nonpartisan think tank, told … (read more)

Forum Tackles Issue of Constitutional Convention

On November 4th, New Yorkers will go to the polls and decide whether to hold a Constitutional Convention. Holding a Constitutional Convention, or Con-Con for short, would allow the people to exercise their right to make changes to alter the state constitution. This vote is held every twenty years, and the last time that a Con-Con convened was in 1967. If New Yorkers vote to convene a Con-Con, they would have the opportunity to elect delegates in November 2018 and … (read more)

Experts: Studies Show Refugees are Key to Stabilizing Declining Rust Belt Cities Like Syracuse

October 26, 2017. This article discusses the Welcoming Economies Convening that was held in Syracuse, New York, a coalition of public and business leaders who are dedicated to resettling refugees. These organizations are aware of the economic contributions of refugees such as the reversal of population decline and job creation. These groups came together at the convening to discuss how to further accelerate and help grow their economic contributions.

Fiscal Policy Institute’s Immigration Research Director David Kallick.

“When we’re talking … (read more)

Groups Concerned about Healthcare Cuts

10/20/2017. Fiscal Policy Institutes Executive Director, Ron Deutsch, discusses how proposed federal budget cuts threaten healthcare. He and others rallied outside Glens Falls Hospital on Thursday to protest a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare.

“Congress has failed to renew funding for critical healthcare programs, which jeopardizes access to care for low- and middle-income residents and threatens hospitals across the state,” said Greenfield resident Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute executive director.”

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Federal Budget Cuts Will Hurt Children, Official Warns

October 18, 2017. FPI’s executive director, Ron Deutsch, discusses how proposed cuts in federal spending could seriously damage programs that help needy children and families in the Elmira area, where he was the keynote speaker for the annual State of the Child in Chemung County Breakfast. The gathering, sponsored by the Every Child Matters Coalition, took place at the Elmira Community Kitchen.

Deutsch told the group that New York relies heavily on federal dollars, and that proposed budget cuts, … (read more)

The Push for So Called “Free College”

October 18, 2017. In a radio interview with Sarah Schweinsberg, David Dyssegaard Kallick, FPI’s Deputy Director and Director of Immigration Research, discusses Governor Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship Program. Governor Cuomo expresses that college is a necessity. While people have praised the program, some have expressed concerns. It has been referred to as a last dollar grant, only covering what state and federal grants do not. This mostly helps middle class students, who do not qualify for programs helping low income families. … (read more)

Tenney’s Vote for GOP Budget Draws Protest

October 16, 2017. Last week, a group of advocates and community organizers spoke out against the passage of the Republican House Budget Resolution in front of Congresswomen Claudia Tenney’s office in New Harford. Congresswoman Tenney voted in support of the Republican House Budget Resolution, which aims to slash government safety-net programs like Medicaid and SNAP. With cuts to entitlements in excess of over $1 trillion over a ten year period, it is likely that New York will face large holes … (read more)

Panel to Discuss State Convention

October, 16, 2017. A panel discussion on the November ballot question of whether New York should hold a constitutional convention will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave.

The event is presented by the Women’s Press Club of New York State and the League of Women Voters of Albany County.

Panelists will be Gerald Benjamin of the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz, and Ronald Deutsch, executive … (read more)

Cap Concerns

October 11, 2017. In an article discussing the Trump administration’s decision to cut the number of refugee admissions in half, David Dyssegaard Kallick, FPI’s Deputy Director and Director of Immigration Research was quoted. Although the cap is not expected to greatly effect New York City, it is expected to effect the economies of upstate cities across New York State where refugees fill jobs, buy homes, start businesses and help reverse population decline.

Though the refugee cap is not expected to … (read more)