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Lawmakers Look ahead to State of the State

January 3, 2018. CBS6 News: As lawmakers return to the Capitol this year, they face fiscal challenges, including a state budget deficit of more than $4 billion.

Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo delivers his State of the State Address, which will outline some of his priorities. CBS6’s Heather Kovar spoke with lawmakers Tuesday, and they say this is going to be a challenging year.

 

Access to news clip HERE.… (read more)

Advocates Propose Capturing Part of Fed’s Corporate Tax Cut

January 3, 2018. In Albany on Tuesday, advocates for the needy proposed a “recapture tax” in which the state would keep some of the federal tax breaks headed to corporations. The advocates said the recapture tax could help make up for expected federal cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and other programs proposed for later this year that would worsen the plight of the working poor in New York. Congressional leaders and President Donald Trump said they would consider … (read more)

29th Annual People’s State of the State

January 3, 2018. From the Capital Tonight Staff, state and local advocates rallied outside the Capitol on Monday for the annual “People’s State of the State.” This is its 29th year. Groups gather to discuss what they want lawmakers to consider for the upcoming session. It happens the day before the governor presents his state of the state address. Susan Zimet from the Hunger Action Network and Ron Deutsch from the Fiscal Policy Institute join us to talk more about … (read more)

Cuomo Delivers Eighth State of the State Address Wednesday

January 3, 2018. Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address on Wednesday, kicking off a challenging year of budget deficits and re-election races. This article states that the governor fought unsuccessfully to reverse the elimination of the deduction for state and local taxes, which harms some middle-class and wealthy taxpayers in the state. Cuomo, speaking on CNN over the holidays, said he’ll announce in his State of the State a plan to re-engineer the state’s tax code … (read more)

People’s State of the State

January 3, 2018. On Tuesday, activists held the “People’s State of the State” to outline their priorities on the state and federal levels. The Capitol Pressroom previewed the event with Susan Zimet, Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State, and Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute.

Access to Podcast HERE.… (read more)

As Legislative Session Starts, Sides Square off on Taxing the Rich

January 3, 2018. The two sides of what will likely be an overarching debate during the 2018 legislative session were on display Tuesday with progressives calling for an increased millionaires’ tax and conservatives saying that existing taxes should be phased out as scheduled to prevent a further exodus of Empire State residents.

We should be looking at a new top rate for the billionaires or those making $100 million, According to Ron Deutsch, executive director of the labor-backed Fiscal Policy … (read more)

Progressives Unspool Counter-Programming to Cuomo’s Speech

January 3, 2018. In Albany on Tuesday,  a slew of progressive groups stood on the steps of the Capitol to hold a prebuttal to Wednesday’s State of the State address and called for an increase in taxes to fund more social service programs. About two dozen people attended the People’s State of the State Address, holding signs that called for taxes on the rich and giving speeches about mass incarceration and the increasing lines at food pantries.

Ron Deutsch, executive … (read more)

THE 29th PEOPLE’S “RESISTANCE” STATE OF THE STATE: The Empire State Strikes Back

Press Release

For Immediate Release: January 2, 2018

Contact:

Susan Zimet, Hunger Action Network of New York State (C) 845-527-5309

Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute (C) 518-469-6769 (O) 518-786-3156 x7160

 

          THE 29th PEOPLE’S “RESISTANCE” STATE OF THE STATE

The Empire State Strikes Back

 (Albany, N.Y.) The 29th Annual People’s State of the State rally took place at the State Street entrance to the State Capitol today. Organizations from across New York State joined together in the freezing cold … (read more)

New Laws Raise Minimum Wage; Cut Taxes, Business Costs

December 27, 2018.  Several new laws effective Jan. 1 will impact family budgets while trying to improve New York State’s business climate.

“Given the damaging and destructive tax and budget policies coming out of Washington that seem to target poor and working class families, it’s good to know that our state has some countermeasures in place that actually help struggling New Yorkers,” said Ron Deutsch of the Fiscal Policy Institute, a labor-backed group that lobbies for the working poor.… (read more)

Kentucky Advocate Says DREAM Act Would Boost Local, State Economy

December 22, 2017. This article and radio interview discusses the tax revenue effects that the termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) could create if a permanent solution is not passed by Congress. DACA gave undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States at children the authorization to work and go to school, as well as the protection from detention or deportation. This article use FPI’s data and argues that DACA allowed this immigrant population to support … (read more)