On Tuesday morning, February 4, 2014, the Fiscal Policy Institute will present its twenty-fourth annual budget briefing in the Albany Room on the concourse level of the Empire State Plaza. A breakfast buffet will be available beginning at 7:45 a.m. with our presentations starting at 8:15 a.m. and finishing promptly at 10:00 a.m. We are confident that this will be a useful and informative session. To register for this free event, click here.

The topics to be covered during the briefing include:

  • The Social and Economic Context of the Governor’s 2014-15 Executive Budget: What are the major social and economic challenges and opportunities facing the state?  What is the outlook for the national economy and what are the implications for New York? How is New York doing compared to its neighboring states?
  • The State and Local Fiscal Situations: What are the implications of the budget choices of the last several years on the revenue and expenditure sides of the state budget and the budgets of New York’s local governments? What are the short and long term implications for essential services, local taxpayers and the state’s economy of the freezes and cuts in revenue sharing with cities, towns and villages and in state aid to education have helped the state to balance its own budgets in recent years?
  • The Executive Budget: What are the major policy issues that the Governor addresses in the 2014-15 Executive Budget? Are there any glaring omissions in the issues being addressed? What is the overall impact of the Governor’s proposed budget on the ability of the state to meet its major social and economic challenges and opportunities such as the exceptionally high child poverty rates in the major Upstate cities?

If you have any questions about the February 4th briefing or about any budget or economic policy issues, please contact us by telephone at 518-786-3156 or by e-mail at info@fiscalpolicy.org.

Please register by Friday, January 31, 2014.