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Federal Tax-Code Changes Could Force New York to Adopt Lean Spending Plan

November 30, 2017. According to this article, a mounting state deficit and expected changes to the federal tax code are handing lawmakers their toughest choices in the seven years that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been New York’s leader. The state’s most recent financial plan projects a budget deficit at $4.1 billion, but that gap could grow if tax receipts continue to lag behind the expected pace, according to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office. Cuomo himself acknowledged the scope of the … (read more)

Tax Bill, Deficit Could Jumble N.Y. Budget

November 29, 2017. According to this article, a mounting state deficit and expected changes to the federal tax code are handing lawmakers their toughest choices in the seven years that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been New York’s leader. The state’s most recent financial plan projects a budget deficit at $4.1 billion, but that gap could grow if tax receipts continue to lag behind the expected pace, according to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office. Cuomo himself acknowledged the scope of the … (read more)

Senate Tax Plan Incenses Anti-Poverty Advocates

November 28, 2017. According to this article, the Congressional Budget Office report, released Sunday, finds that the Senate tax overhaul bill harms the poorest Americans even more than originally thought. That’s partly because of the provision to eliminate the federal insurance mandate, which the CBO said would lead to as many as 13 million Americans becoming uninsured and losing federal subsidies to help them buy insurance.

Ron Deutsch, with the liberal leaning think tank Fiscal Policy Institute, also believes that … (read more)

PolitiFact: Cost estimates of ending worker program vary widely

November 25, 2017. This Politifact article is assessing the claim by U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro. He tweeted that the United States would lose $164 billion in GDP over a decade if they terminated Temporary Protective Status (TPS). TPS is a status for immigrants from countries experiencing armed conflict, natural disasters, epidemics and other temporary conditions preventing the safe return of their citizens. This status provides immigrants with TPS work authorization and protection from deportation, but does not include a pathway … (read more)

Pros, Cons of Voting for a Constitutional Convention

November 2, 2017. On Election Day, New York’s voters will have their first opportunity in 20 years to call for a state constitutional convention via ballot proposition. Nearly 100 Capital District voters packed the auditorium at the Guilderland Public Library last Tuesday night for a panel discussion titled “Would New York State Benefit from a Constitutional Convention?” The event, co-presented by the League of Women Voters of Albany County and the Women’s Press Club of New York State, was … (read more)

David Dyssegaard Kallick Participates in the “On Immigration” Panel Discussion

November 20, 2017. On November 1, 2017, FPI’s Deputy Director and Director of the Immigration Research Initiative, David Dyssegaard Kallick, joined other experts in a panel discussion, “The Business of Immigration,” hosted by City & State New York. He joined the moderator Stuart Schulman, Professor of Management at Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, Lorelei Salas, Commissioner for the Department of Consumer Affairs, Hollis V. Pfitsch, Deputy Commissioner at the Law Enforcement Bureau, and Dara Adams, Industry Program Director at … (read more)

Activists, Immigration Officials Push for DACA Legislation

November 16, 2017. This article discusses the termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by the Trump administration, which effects over 40,000 young individuals. The administration announced that October 5, 2017 would be the cutoff deadline for renewal applications and that new applications would no longer be accepted. Under DACA, young individuals had work authorization and protection from deportation. On November 1, there was a forum discussion hosted by City & State New York at the Museum of Jewish … (read more)

Teachers Union, Progressive Groups Fight GOP Tax Plan

November 16, 2017. Progressive advocates and lawmakers are ramping up efforts to block a Republican tax bill that would end SALT deductions and give cuts to wealthy Americans. A new ad released this week by the group Not One Penny is putting the pressure on GOP members of Congress who have yet to take a firm stand on the bill. The state teacher’s union has signed on to this campaign and with us in studio to talk more about … (read more)

Rep. Joaquin Castro Claims TPS End Will Lead To $164B GDP Loss Over A Decade

November 14, 2017. On November 6, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that they were not extending the Temporary Protective Status of individuals from Nicaragua, and that the status for Honduras is currently under consideration. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a status given to individuals from countries experiencing armed conflict, natural disasters, epidemics and other temporary conditions that prevents the safe return of their citizens. This status provides work authorization and protection from deportation to individuals. Rep Joaquin Castro claimed in … (read more)

Commentary: State Should Do More For Immigrants

November 13, 2017. In this op-ed by Karthick Ramakrishnan, he argues that New York is behind California, Connecticut, Illinois, and Washington, in regards to immigration policies that protect immigrants and help economic growth. He goes on to argue that Governor Cuomo, who is seeking his third term, has a weak immigration record and if he plans to run in the 2020 presidential election, he needs to change that in order to win votes. Ramakrishnan argues that Governor Cuomo could enact … (read more)