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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 Cuomo recently announced that recipients [...]

2021-01-06T11:10:05-05:00February 9th, 2018|Blog, Immigration, New York State|

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 by clicking from slide to [...]

2018-02-09T11:38:26-05:00February 2nd, 2018|Blog, Immigration, Other States & National|

Congestion Pricing “vs.” Millionaire’s Tax: Why Not Do Both?

October 30, 2017. Here’s a story you don’t hear every day: in the latest spat between Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor De Blasio, both of them are right. Congestion pricing, the governor’s proposal, and a surcharge to the millionaire’s tax, the mayor’s proposal, are both good ideas. The not-so-secret feuding between the governor and the mayor has not served New Yorkers well. From the serious to the petty, the two Democrats don’t seem to be able to get along about much. But, in [...]

2021-01-08T09:37:09-05:00October 30th, 2017|Blog, NYS Tax Policy|

Immigrant Youth Add $140 Million to NY State Tax Revenues

April 25, 2017. What will happen to immigrant youth who as children were brought to the United States without legal status and were temporarily shielded from deportation by a 2012 executive order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA? The Trump Administration is projecting very mixed messages about the present and future of these young people. To help shed some light on how DACA has allowed these young immigrants to contribute to our country and our state, a new report shows the state [...]

2021-01-07T12:45:42-05:00April 25th, 2017|New York State|

Viewpoints: Refugees are Powering Buffalo’s Revitalization

March 2, 2017. In an op-ed, FPI’s David Dyssegaard Kallick and Eva Hassett, executive of the International Institute of Buffalo argue that refugee resettlement is good for the Buffalo economy. The biggest challenge facing Buffalo is population decline. In 1950, Buffalo had 578,000 residents. In 2015, the population was 283,000, less than half that number. That means empty and deteriorating houses, schools and shops; lower tax revenues to support infrastructure; and fewer working-age residents to support job growth. Immigrants and refugees are already reversing population [...]

2021-01-07T12:39:21-05:00March 2nd, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

Economic and Tax Contributions of Undocumented Immigrants in NY

Tuesday, March 2. As the Trump Administration talks about a program of mass deportation - or, who knows, perhaps not? - the question of what contribution undocumented immigrants make to the New York economy is more important than ever. This new report finds that unauthorized immigrants are responsible for $40 billion, or three percent, of New York's economic output, and make up five percent of the labor force. They also pay taxes—a total of $1.1 billion in state and local taxes in New York. The [...]

2021-01-07T12:39:49-05:00March 1st, 2017|Blog, New York State|

Immigrants Help Syracuse Grow

January 27, 2017. Immigrants contribute to the economy of the Syracuse metro area, helping it to grow. Immigrants make up 5.5 percent of the population of metro Syracuse, 6.2 percent of the labor force, and an impressive 6.9 percent of total economic output. And, immigrants are a much more diverse group than most people realize. The largest country of birth for immigrants in metro Syracuse is China, with people born in China making up seven percent of immigrants. Canada may be no surprise as a country of birth [...]

2021-01-07T12:21:19-05:00January 27th, 2017|Blog, New York State|

Syrian Immigrants: Doing Well, and a Strong Receiving Community for Refugees

December 13, 2016. A new report by the Fiscal Policy Institute and the Center for American Progress looks at how Syrian immigrants fare in the United States. After a political campaign season in which Syrians coming to the United States were met with harsh words and proposals, this report takes a calm look at how immigrants from Syria are faring in the United States. The findings are reassuring: Syrian immigrants are highly educated, disproportionately likely to be business owners, learn English, and become home owners [...]

2016-12-19T09:06:12-05:00December 13th, 2016|Blog, Immigration, New York State, Other States & National|

Keeping DREAMers Out of College: Missouri Makes a Costly Mistake

April 19, 2016. Missouri's appropriations bill for higher education includes instructions that would leave immigrants who have been granted deferred action in the position of having to pay a much higher tuition rate at state colleges. For every student this discourages from going to community college, the student loses $7,000 in potential earnings and the state and local governments lose $630 in potential tax contributions. For those who don't get a bachelor's degree, it costs the typical student $21,000 per year in potential earnings, and costs the [...]

FPI Testimony in US Senate on Immigration

March 16, 2016. The director of FPI's Immigration Research Initiative, David Dyssegaard Kallick, testified today before a U.S. Senate hearing on immigration, making the case that immigrants are contributing robustly to the United States economy, Written testimony is here. Video available here. In the video, the hearing starts at 21.08; Kallick's remarks are at 1:01:15, 1:17:03, and 2:04:05.

2016-03-30T14:12:57-04:00March 16th, 2016|Immigration, Other States & National, Testimony|

New Americans on Long Island: A Vital Fifth of the Economy

June 2, 2015. There are 526,000 immigrants living on Long Island, making up 18 percent of the region’s population and 20 percent of the economic output of Long Islanders, according to a study released today by the Fiscal Policy Institute, New Americans on Long Island: A Vital Fifth of the Economy. Half of immigrants overall (51 percent) work in white-collar jobs, the study found, and the large majority (61 percent) live in families earning over $80,000 a year. Immigrants represent significant numbers of the people [...]

Media Coverage of Immigrant Main Street Businesses Report

Media coverage of our report on immigrant-owned Main Street businesses has been hard to keep up with. Below is a listing of what we've been able to track so far.   The Wall Street Journal Immigrant Entrepreneurs Prosper on Main Street http://www.wsj.com/articles/immigrant-entrepreneurs-prosper-on-main-street-1421195826 01/13/2014 In the U.S. from 2000 to 2013, including in 31 of the 50 largest metro areas, immigrants accounted for all the growth in so-called Main Street businesses, according to a new study based on analysis of census data. Such firms are grouped [...]

2015-05-14T14:37:26-04:00May 14th, 2015|FPI in the News|

Obama Official Promotes SBA’s Bilingual Approach

April 24, 2015. The head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Maria Contreras-Sweet, visited Nashville to promote an initiative aimed at helping immigrant entrepreneurs this week. An article in The Tennessean referred to a study by the Fiscal Policy Institute's Immigration Research Initiative that examined the role of immigrants in Main Street business ownership, and highlighted Nashville as one of three case study cities, including a focus on the Conexión Americas program featured in the article. Contreras-Sweet visited Nashville and Conexion Americas four months after [...]

2015-04-24T15:07:42-04:00April 24th, 2015|FPI in the News|

Executive Actions on Immigrants Will Bring Increased NY Tax Revenue

April 16, 2015. A new 50-state study, Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions, by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy finds that undocumented immigrants’ tax contributions would increase significantly under the Obama Administration’s executive actions and even more substantially under comprehensive immigration policy reform. The report is being co-released in New York by the Fiscal Policy Institute and is particularly relevant in connection with the hearing tomorrow, Friday April 17, on executive action at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The report’s key [...]

Policy Brief: Schools and Poverty

March 17, 2015. The state can improve low-performing schools and help students who face learning barriers by increasing funding for key education programs and poverty-fighting efforts. Proposals by the governor and the legislature are a start, but still fall short of what is needed. In a report issued in February, the state identified 178 schools in 17 school districts as “priority” or “failing” schools. These schools score in the bottom 5 percent in student proficiency tests or have low graduation rates, or both. The school [...]

2020-11-13T15:04:35-05:00March 17th, 2015|Creating Vibrant Communities, Education, NYS Budget|
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