Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Getting Closer to Reality in New York

March 12, 2019. This article discusses the rally at the New York State Capitol, organized by the New York Immigration Coalition, that called on lawmakers to allow undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses. The coalition argues that it will make New York’s roads safer and bring in additional revenue.

Hundreds of activists from across New York are traveling to the Capitol on Tuesday to call on lawmakers to allow driver’s licenses for immigrants in the country without legal permission.

The … (read more)

Press Release: Legislators, Fiscal Watchdog, Children and Social Justice Advocates and Faith Leaders Urge NY to Take Real Steps To Address Child Poverty and Provide Tax Relief to Low Income Families by Strengthening NY’s EITC and Child Tax Credit

For Immediate Release: March 11, 2019

Media Contact:

Dede Hill, Director of Policy, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy – (518) 879-6616 | Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute – (518) 469-6769 | Pete Nabozny, The Children’s Agenda – (518) 929-1264 |



Legislators, Fiscal Watchdog, Children and Social Justice Advocates and Faith Leaders Urge NY to Take Real Steps To Address Child Poverty and Provide Tax Relief to Low Income Families by Strengthening NY’s… (read more)

Cuomo, Legislature Weighing Tax on Manhattan Pieds-à-Terre

March 8, 2019. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is considering a new tax that would hit the very rich who keep co-ops and condominiums in Manhattan for when they stopover for business or pleasure.

Some public policy advocates have referred to the pied-à-terre tax as the perfect tax because it can raise billions of dollars from people who are so wealthy that it might not matter much and don’t vote for city or state officials, anyway.

Cuomo’s plan, as with proposals (read more)

Bronx DA Supports Granting Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

March 10, 2019. This article discusses the support by many high raking individuals who support allowing all New Yorkers access to driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status, including the Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark and the Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. The author highlights that the licenses for undocumented immigrants will help the police identify who they pull over and that the program would generate revenue for the state. The author goes on to note that people in opposition to … (read more)

Reworking New York State’s Family Tax Credits

March 8, 2019. The human costs of child poverty are staggering. Experiencing poverty as a child – even for short stints – can impair brain development, physical and mental health, and academic achievement, and increase the possibility of child welfare involvement.  And the impacts can last a lifetime.  Childhood poverty is the single best predictor of adult poverty.

Child poverty also imposes extraordinary economic costs to the state.  A report just issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and … (read more)

Pied-a-Terre Tax Media Roundup

March 7, 2019. As the first of April inches closer, there has been significant buzz about implementing a Pied-a-Terre Tax on non-primary residences in New York City. Pushed by two New York City Council members and two Manhattan state legislators, the tax would apply a surcharge to homes in the City that are not primary residences and are worth more than $5 million. A report by the Fiscal Policy Institute cited that the proposed tax would generate an estimated $665 … (read more)

Renewed Push in Albany for State investment in Census Preparation

March 4, 2019. This article discusses the efforts of advocates in a statewide coalition calling on the governor and legislature to include $60 million in the executive budget for 2020 census preparation. The article quotes advocates who argue that this funding is needed to handle a variety of challenges due to the census being administered online for the first time and to ensure an accurate count by providing funding to community based organizations who are trusted by the hard-to-count population.… (read more)

Advocates in Albany Urge Lawmakers to Support Refugees with NY State Budget Aid

February 26, 2019. Refugee service providers from across the state rallied on the Capitol’s Million Dollar Staircase Tuesday to urge the legislature to double funding to support newcomers as the federal government cuts refugee arrivals and aid.

On Tuesday, refugees, representatives from each of the 14 organizations, and Fiscal Policy Institute Deputy Director David Dyssegaard Kallick joined Democratic Assembly members Patricia Fahy from Albany, Marianne Buttenschon from Utica and Sean Ryan from Buffalo to rally for funding.

Find the article … (read more)

$4.5 Million for a Unique NYS Program Would Help Refugees and Grow Communities

February 22, 2019. The New York State Enhanced Services to Refugees Program began in 2017, as a remarkable response to the federal government’s radical retreat from refugee resettlement. New York took on what no other state did: it helped resettlement agencies to get through a difficult period, and also to rethink their role in their communities. The first two years of funding were $2 million; this year the Fiscal Policy Institute, the resettlement agencies, and the New York Immigration Coalition (read more)

Media Roundup: The New Hope Budget Goes On Tour, Stops in Saratoga Springs, Port Jervis, and Binghamton, and Calls for State Reforms

February 21, 2018. The New Hope Budget coalition is a group of advocates across the state calling on lawmakers to adopt a “morally responsible” state budget that addresses the ever-widening gap between the “haves and have-nots.” The coalition calls for taxing the wealthy, raising the two percent state spending cap, reducing local property taxes, and campaign finance reform among other socioeconomic issues.

The coalition is currently on a 13-stop statewide tour, meeting with community members and state legislatures. This week, … (read more)