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Trump Imagines 14 Million New “Illegal Aliens”

January 27, 2019. In response to questionable numbers regarding undocumented immigrants stated by the Trump Administration, the Daily Beast breaks down the number and cost of taking in more undocumented immigrants. “It’s frustrating that the president of the United States throws out numbers without any way documenting what he is talking about, and then sends reporters and researchers scrambling to try to second guess what he may be talking about,” David Dyssegaard Kallick, director of immigration research at the Fiscal Policy Institute, told The Daily Beast. [...]

2019-02-19T12:20:43-05:00January 27th, 2019|FPI in the News|

January 24, 2019. For several years, advocates have sought to allow New York residents access to state driver's licenses regarding of their immigration status. The effort has languished since 2007, when then-governor Eliot Spitzer unsuccessfully tried three times to reinstate driving licenses for non-citizens. The privilege had been rescinded in New York in part because of security concerns in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Fiscal Policy Institute concluded $57 million a year in recurring revenue would be generated in New York, [...]

2019-02-19T13:22:26-05:00January 24th, 2019|FPI in the News|

Immigration Rules Change Could Mean More Kids Separated From Parents

January 23, 2019. Anti-poverty and children’s advocates are bracing for the fallout of proposed federal policy changes that would slash access to the social safety net for immigrant families, which could result in more children entering foster care. In California alone, 6.8 million people — 35 percent of whom are children — would be affected by the proposed changes to public charge, according to The Children’s Partnership. Nationwide, that number could be as many as 15 million adults and 9 million children, according to the Fiscal Policy Institute. Find the article [...]

2021-01-06T09:25:16-05:00January 23rd, 2019|FPI in the News|

30th Annual People’s State of the State

January 8, 2019. The annual "People's State of the State" address from the Capitol steps on Tuesday rehashed many liberal principles from the past 30 years, but now the grassroots activists are feeling emboldened by the new makeup of the state Legislature. In advance of the new legislative session kicking off on Wednesday, a coalition of progressive organizations and labor unions voiced their continued support for action on criminal justice reform, expansion of voting rights, state investments in health care, higher taxes on the wealthy, [...]

2020-10-27T12:59:18-04:00January 8th, 2019|FPI in the News|

Press Release: 30th Annual Peoples State of the State

For Immediate Release: January 8, 2019 Media Contact: Susan Zimet, Hunger Action Network of NYS, 845-527-5309 Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute, 518-469-6769 30th Peoples State of the State The New Hope Budget New Politics, New Action, New Budget (Albany, NY) Today’s Peoples State of the State address marks the 30th year that advocates from across New York State joined together for what has become the long standing “unofficial” kickoff of the legislative session in Albany. However, this year brings a whole new balance [...]

2021-01-06T09:22:13-05:00January 8th, 2019|Press releases|

A Holiday Gift? Driver’s Licenses For All?

December 23, 2018. This article discusses the benefits of reinstating access to driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants in New York State. Granting access to driver's licenses would ensure that more motorists have proven basic competency through written and practical exams, and also would allow crime victims to feel more confident in reporting crime and interacting with the criminal justice system. According to Fiscal Policy Institute, state and county governments would receive an estimated $57 million in combined annual revenue and $26 million in one-time revenue, based [...]

2021-01-06T12:43:39-05:00December 23rd, 2018|FPI in the News, New York State|

Cuomo’s Third Term: Socially Liberal, Fiscally Conservative?

December 20, 2018. This article discusses the beginning of Governor Cuomo's third term and his potential progressive agenda. The Governor laid out his agenda during a press conference a few days ago where he stated that he would use former President and former New York Governor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as a model for his priorities. He proposed numerous agenda items like implementing the DREAM Act, which allows children of undocumented immigrants to receive college aid, and the legalization of recreational marijuana. However, while many of the [...]

2021-01-06T12:43:06-05:00December 20th, 2018|Economic Outlook, FPI in the News|

Press Release: Statewide Coalition Urges State Leaders to Adopt New Hope Budget for All of New York

For Immediate Release: December 18, 2018 Media Contacts: Peter Cook, Executive Director, New York State Council of Churches - 508.380.8289 Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, FPI - 518.469.6769 Michael Kink, Executive Director, Strong Economy for All Coalition 518.527.2787 Statewide Coalition Urges State Leaders to Adopt New Hope Budget for All of New York  The New Hope Budget Albany, NY –   Representatives from organizations across the state unveiled a set of principles which address the cries of far too many New Yorkers who have been left behind in [...]

2021-01-06T12:42:48-05:00December 18th, 2018|Blog, NYS Budget|

As The Public Comment Period Ends, Advocacy Groups Mount One Last Push Against Trump’s Public Charge Rule

December 10, 2018. On Monday, multiple national advocacy organizations reiterated their opposition to the Trump administrations's proposed "public charge" rule, which would make it harder for immigrants who receive public services to acquire green cards or become citizens. With Monday marking the final day for the public to comment on the proposed regulation changes, leaders from groups like National Immigration Law Center, Planned Parenthood, and the UndocuBlack Network convened to encourage one last push against the rule. A report from the Fiscal Policy Institute estimates that 24 million [...]

2021-01-06T12:37:09-05:00December 10th, 2018|FPI in the News, Other States & National|

A Closer Look at the Tax Incentives in the Amazon Deal

November 29, 2018. This article discusses further Amazon's decision to put a corporate campus in Long Island City/Queens after a public year-long search and the subsequent skepticism and outrage that followed the decision. Many activists and elected officials oppose the process by which Amazon got its $3 billion deal, feeling that despite the strong overall city economy with low unemployment, it will undoubtedly impact affordable housing, public housing, and the current transportation crisis. The Fiscal Policy Institute and other advocates weighed in whether it makes sense [...]

2021-01-06T11:16:02-05:00November 29th, 2018|FPI in the News, NYS Tax Policy|

Lawmakers React to Cuomo’s Amazon Deal

November 15, 2018. Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo continued to defend the multi-billion dollar deal, funded by New York taxpayers, to have Amazon bring 25,000 jobs to Long Island City in Queens. While many are receptive to Amazon coming to New York, there are plenty of folks concerned with the deal. "I think all economic development programs and the corruption surrounding them have united the left and the right on this very issue because we all know this a waste of money," said Ron Deutsch, [...]

2021-01-06T12:34:47-05:00November 15th, 2018|FPI in the News, Regional Economic Development|

Breaking Down the State’s Deal With Amazon

November 15, 2018. In continuation with the lukewarm reception of Amazon's plan to relocate their HQ to New York City, multiple government watchdogs and economic development experts weigh in on whether the decision will give the expected results. New York City beat out dozens of other cities, some that offered incentive packages even more lucrative than the one on the table here. Many city residents and elected officials aren't convinced that the multi-billion dollar offer is worth it, and that some say the state shouldn't [...]

2021-01-06T12:33:54-05:00November 15th, 2018|FPI in the News, Regional Economic Development|

Op-Ed: Protect Veterans’ Access to SNAP

November 9, 2018 Veterans Day reminds us of our duty to support Americans who have served our nation in uniform. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices they’ve made and to re-examine the ways we can help them when they return home and re-enter civilian life. As we support them, we can certainly all agree that no veteran should go hungry. Unfortunately, for too many veterans in New York and across the country, hunger remains a serious concern. That’s one of the reasons the [...]

Webinar: What New York’s Community Organizations Need To Know About Public Charge

Join FPI For A Webinar On: What New York's Community Organizations Need To Know About Public Charge Last month, the Department of Homeland Security publicized a proposed Public Charge rule that would punish immigrants going through official immigration processes and their families for applying for or receiving government benefits for which they are legally eligible. This would take away vital government assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, and housing assistance from low-income immigrant families, including U.S. citizen children. Denying access to basic needs programs will [...]

2021-01-06T12:32:23-05:00November 9th, 2018|Blog, Creating Vibrant Communities, Meeting Basic Needs|
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