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Join us for FPI’s FY 2019 Budget Briefing on February 13th

On Tuesday morning, February 13, 2018, the Fiscal Policy Institute will present its 28th annual budget briefing in Meeting Room 7 of the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. A complimentary breakfast and check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. Our presentation begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 10:15 a.m. We hope that you and/or your colleagues will be able to join us for what we are confident will be a useful and informative session. You can RSVP online here(read more)

Continuing New York’s Legacy of Providing Health Care Coverage to Immigrants

February 9, 2018. New York State has a long and proud history of trailblazing innovative policies that expand access to healthcare coverage to all its residents. From developing and establishing the nation’s first comprehensive health insurance program for children to the launch of the New York State of Health Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, New York has often been a national leader in expanding access to quality affordable health coverage.

In the midst of federal attacks against immigrants, Governor … (read more)

Rally Asks for Higher State Taxes on the Rich

February 6, 2018.  In Albany, a group of unions and progressives wants the state to increase taxes on the wealthy, even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state leaders are warning of the consequences of new federal limits on the deductibility of New York’s high state and local taxes.

Ron Deutsch, executive director of the labor-backed Fiscal Policy Institute think tank, said the money should be reinvested in education funding, building housing for the homeless and protecting against what he

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Progressives Pitch Fair Share Revenue

February 6, 2018. A group of Assembly Democrats and progressive activists see an opportunity for New York in the wake of the new federal tax law. Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo and Ron Deutsch of the Fiscal Policy Institute join us to talk more about the proposals, and what it would take to pass them.

 

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Editorial: Buffalo Relies on Immigration

February 8, 2018. An editorial in The Buffalo News discusses the impact of the federal administration’s cut to legal immigration and “chain migration” in Buffalo. Although the Trump Administration has created a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, he is hurting upstate cities like Buffalo by cutting legal migration. Buffalo was already hurt by the cut in refugee resettlement. Immigrants will only be able to bring their children and spouses to the U.S., not other family members. The editorial goes on … (read more)

Making Facts Matter: Immigration Messaging Webinar

February 1, 2018. A webinar on how to understand and talk with audiences about the economics of immigration, featuring:

David Dyssegaard Kallick, Fiscal Policy Institute

Marisa Gerstein Pineau, FrameWorks Institute

Andrew Lim, New American Economy

Linda Fleener, Illinois Immigrant Business Coalition

Denzil Mohammed, The Immigrant Learning Center Public Education Institute

Sponsored by the Immigrant Learning Center and the Public Education Institute.

The FPI powerpoint used for the discussion is available by clicking here. The best way to view it is … (read more)

D.A.: Fear Rising Among Immigrant Witnesses to Crimes

February 2, 2018. This article discusses the fear among immigrants, who are witnesses to crimes, to come forward and work with the justice system due to the increased anti-immigrant rhetoric from the federal administration. Silvia Finkelstein, director of immigrant affairs for the Nassau County district attorney, has seen the reports of immigrant-related crimes decrease substantially, from 60 calls in 2016 to 3 calls in 2017. The author goes on to discuss Finkelstein’s presentation where she discussed the economic contributions of … (read more)

Termination of TPS Hurts Families and The Economy

Termination of TPS Hurts Families and The Economy 26,000 At Risk in New York

On January 8, 2018, the Trump administration announced that it would be terminating Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for individuals from El Salvador, and that these recipients have until September 9 to obtain another legal status or return to their country of birth. This follows a chain of terminations of other TPS statuses including Haiti, Sudan, and Nicaragua, while Honduras’s status is still under … (read more)

Drop in Refugee Resettlement Could Affect Syracuse Economy

January 30, 2018. This article discusses the economic impacts that the cut in refugee resettlement could have on the upstate city, Syracuse, New York. Refugees have helped reverse population decline, added to the labor force, opened businesses, revamped vacant property and contributed to local and state taxes.

Refugees have higher labor force participation rate than U.S.-born (workers),” said Cyierra Roldan, a policy analyst at the Fiscal Policy Institute. “They are filling open jobs, adding workforce.”

Roldan added that refugees are … (read more)

How Trump’s Immigration Plan Could Impact Buffalo

January 29, 2018. This article discusses the impacts of Trump administration’s decision on a policy to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the cut to legal immigration and the family reunification immigration policy, also known as “chain migration.” The Trump administration wants to change to a skill-based immigration system. The article outlines the devastating effects that upstate cities such as Buffalo, and other rustbelt cities will endure. These include farmworker labor shortages for farms who use seasonal … (read more)