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Groups Urge Economic Development Reform

June 8, 2018. This article discusses the actions of government groups to encourage the state to make changes to economic development policy in order to increase transparency. They argue it is needed because of corruption trials related to economic development projects. They are calling for a database of deals and for the power of the Comptroller to review projects to be restored. The article notes that the Senate has passed these bills and they are waiting for the Assembly to … (read more)

Progressive Groups, Government and Budget Watchdogs Call On Assembly Speaker Heastie to Allow Vote on Database of Deals and Comptroller’s Procurement Integrity Act

Contact:

Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute, 518-469-6769

John Kaehny, Reinvent Albany, 917-941-9865

Jessica Wisneski, Citizen Action of New York, 845-901-0264

Jasmine Gripper, Alliance for Quality Education, 347-301-6277

Ethan Geringer-Sameth, Citizens Union; 914-715-0887

Susan Lerner, Common Cause New York; 917-670-5670

Jennifer Wilson, League of Women Voters NYS; 518-465-4162

Blair Horner, NYPIRG; 518-727-4506

Michael Kink, Strong Economy for All, 518-527-2787

Progressive Groups, Government and Budget Watchdogs Call On Assembly Speaker Heastie to Allow Vote on Database of Deals and Comptroller’s Procurement Integrity (read more)

Here’s Yet Another Business Benefit of Hiring Refugees

June 7, 2018. This article discusses the experiences that two companies, Engent and Figure 8 Investment Strategies, have had with hiring refugees. Both companies have experienced positive outcomes such as loyalty and dependability from hiring refugee workers, as well as some challenges. The article also discusses Amplio Recruiting’s findings that refugees have higher retention rates which are in line with FPI and the Tent Foundation’s report, “Refugees as Employees: Good Retention, Strong Recruitment.” Amplio Recruiting is a staffing … (read more)

Results Are in From the First Major Study of US Employers’ Experiences With Refugee Hires

May 30, 2018. This article by Lila MacLellan, discusses the findings of FPI’s new report, commissioned by the Tent Foundation, “Refugees as Employees: Good Retention, Strong Recruitment.” The findings include 73% of the 26 firms interviewed had higher retention rates for refugee employers, refugee workers served as a source of recruitment, and employers feeling a sense of pride.

Refugees, the companies are saying, deserve opportunities in their new home and, contrary to the recent rhetoric, pose no … (read more)

A Look at the Impact of Refugee Placements on Virginia’s Economy

May 30, 2019. Chad Stewart, of the Commonwealth Institute located in Virginia, was featured in a radio interview on Virginia’s Public Radio, Radio IQ. He discussed how the Trump Administration’s immigration policies have effected the number of refugees in Virginia and its economy. He stated that  the number of refugee placements in Virginia was between 1,200 to 1,600 a year between 2008 and 2016, but is estimated to be less than 300 for this year.

The number of refugee placements … (read more)

Study: Refugees Stay In Manufacturing Jobs Longer Than Other Employees

May 29, 2018. This article featured in Forbes, discusses FPI and the Tent Foundation’s new report, “Refugees as Employees: Good Retention, Strong Recruitment,” which found that refugees have higher retention rates than other employees, especially in high turnover industries such as manufacturing. The article goes on to discuss the pledges that many global companies have made to hire refugees, including Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani and the Tent Foundation.

Refugees in the United States, some 15% of whom … (read more)

Trump’s War on Refugees Harms the Economy

May 29, 2018. In an op-ed by Albor Ruiz, he discusses what he calls the “war on immigrants” that the Trump administration has started and expanded to include refugees and asylees as targets. The author discusses how the Trump administration’s immigration policy and rhetoric are racist and can have negative economic effects. He goes on to argue that refugees are people fleeing dangerous circumstances in their home country and Trump’s rhetoric is wrongly characterizing them.

The FPI report, “Refugees (read more)

Report: Refugees Stay at Firms Longer, Improve Company Culture

May 29, 2018. This article discusses FPI’s new report, “Refugees as Employees: Good Retention, Strong Recruitment,” that examined the experience of employers who hire refugees through qualitative interviews with employers in Upstate New York, rural Nebraska, Phoenix, Arizona and Atlanta, Georgia, as well as quantitative data. The article discusses the report’s findings with included higher retention rates among refugee workers, an improved work culture for all employees, and an expanded labor force. The article goes on to discuss … (read more)

Refugees as Employees: Good Retention, Strong Recruitment

May 22, 2018.

Employers that hire refugees see positive outcomes for their businesses, according to a report released today by the Fiscal Policy Institute and the Tent Partnership for Refugees. The study, based on over 100 interviews in four regions of the country, finds that when employers hire refugees they see lower turnover rates among refugees, and widen their pool of potential employees. In addition, many see overall improvements in the company, with their managers becoming more versatile as they … (read more)

Erie County Clerk Says He Won’t Issue Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

May 17, 2018. This article discusses Erie County’s Clerk Mickey Kearns’ statement that he is in opposition to the Driver License Access and Privacy Act which would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. The article goes on to quote others who are in support of the act and would like to see it passed. Those that support it say that it will increase public safety, improve community members’ lives, and generate county revenue.

According to labor-backed think tank Fiscal … (read more)