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Stretched Too Thin: Food Stamp Benefits in New York State

May 16, 2007. Religious and civic leaders pledge to try the "Food Stamp Diet" - and eat on $3.50 a day - as FPI releases a new report. Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, Rev. Paul D. Rees-Rohrbacher of St. John's Lutheran Church in Albany, Ed Bloch of the Interfaith Alliance of New York State, Lynda Schuyler of Food Pantries for the Capital District and Linda Bopp of the Nutrition Consortium of New York State joined FPI senior economist Trudi [...]

Food Stamp Challenge: Live on a Food Stamp Budget for a Day

May 10, 2007. As Congress prepares to reauthorize the Farm Bill that includes the Food Stamp program, America's first line of defense against hunger and food insecurity, walk in the shoes of the less fortunate. Try the "Food Stamp Diet" and pledge to live on the food stamp budget ($1.16 per person per meal) for a day. Pledge and background information >>

Increasing access to food stamps would boost the New York City Economy

October 17, 2006. Currently, the flow of federal food stamps into New York City - about $1.4 billion annually to nearly 1.1 million people at an average benefit of $110 per person per month - supports 9,600 jobs and $850 million of annual economic activity. This issue of Fiscal Policy Note$ finds that if access to the program were expanded so that all those eligible were participating, food stamp spending would increase by $355 million. This spending would create 2,300 more jobs and $210 million [...]

Time to trim pensions of city workers?

June 11, 2006. Point/counterpoint on public pension policy in the New York Daily News. No.  Municipal workers deserve a decent retirement. By James A. Parrott, Fiscal Policy Institute While Mayor Bloomberg is taking a prudent step in establishing a retiree health trust fund, he has taken a wrong turn in seeking to reduce pension benefits for newly hired city workers. Many large corporations, from United Airlines to Delphi to IBM, have destroyed or diluted the promises they made to their employees about retirement security. Some [...]

Regulating the Financial Sector in New York: Have the Activities of the State Attorney General Been Good or Bad for the Industry?

May 2006. Full Report >> Executive Summary Following the bursting of the "dot-com" and stock market bubbles of the late 1990s, and several widely publicized corporate-finance scandals, new federal regulations were put into place, most notably the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. At the State level, local regulatory institutions also focused new attention on the financial-services sector. In particular, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) of New York State has been extremely active in investigating various financial-services firms in New York. These investigations resulted in a number [...]

$90 million in TANF Funds Trapped in Budget Limbo

May 24, 2006. Advocates call upon Governor to adopt legislature's bi-partisan agreement on TANF Funds. Press release below. Also see attachments: The Allocation of the New York's TANF Block Grant Funds for 2006-07 and Flexible Fund for Family Services allocations by county. Assemblymember Deborah Glick and Advocates for Low-Income New Yorkers held a press conference today at the Legislative Office Building to urge Governor Pataki to stop playing politics with federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant funds. The groups urged the Governor [...]

Over $1 Billion in TANF Block Grant Funds Trapped in Budget Limbo

May 3, 2006. Groups call upon the Governor to adopt the legislature's bi-partisan agreement on use of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds. Joint release from New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, the Fiscal Policy Institute, the Hunger Action Network of New York State and the Empire Justice Center: Advocates for Low-Income New Yorkers held a press conference today at the Legislative Office Building to urge Governor Pataki to stop playing politics with over $1 billion in federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant [...]

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Spending in New York

December 27, 2005. This report, by FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick, reviews the evolution, over the past nine years, of New York State's use of its federal TANF block grant funds and the related "Maintenance of Effort" (MOE) resources. It also presents a preliminary review of the implementation, by social services districts across the state, of the Flexible Fund for Family Services (FFFS), New York's new state-to-local block grant.

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