Press Releases

Driving Together: Benefits of Allowing All New Yorkers to Apply for Licenses

February 15, 2019. Suddenly, with a new legislature in office, New York is poised to join 12 other states plus Puerto Rico and D.C. and allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses.A report by the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) estimates that 265,000 undocumented immigrants statewide would obtain driver’s licenses, including 64,000 north of New York City and 51,000 on Long Island. FPI also estimates that $57 million in annual revenue and $26 million in one-time revenue would be generated from the purchase of driver’s [...]

Press Release: Patriotic Millionaires and Advocates Call Upon State to Raise Revenues from the Wealthy to Support Critical Services

For Immediate Release: February 12, 2019 Media Contact: communications@fiscalpolicy.org, 518-786-3156   Patriotic Millionaires and Advocates Call Upon State to Raise Revenues from the Wealthy to Support Critical Services Albany, NY.  Patriotic Millionaires Chairman Morris Pearl joined numerous organizations from across the state outside the Joint Legislative Hearing on Taxes, to urge our elected officials to raise additional revenues by asking the wealthiest New Yorkers to pay a little more. Far too many New Yorkers have been left behind in this economic recovery, while the number of [...]

2021-03-31T15:29:58-04:00February 12th, 2019|NYS Budget, Press Releases|

Lawmakers & Advocates to Cuomo: Where is the Census Funding Report Due in January?

Senators Question Why 2018 Law Establishing NYS Complete Count Commission Was Never Created and Status of Missing Report on Funding Recommendations New York is Projected to be the Only State to Lose 2 Congressional Seats ALBANY, NEW YORK (2/6/2019) – Today, members of the New York State Senate Majority and advocates called into question why Governor Cuomo failed to convene the 2020 Census Complete Count Commission required by legislation he signed into law in March of 2018, and want to know the status of a [...]

2021-01-06T09:35:10-05:00February 7th, 2019|Good Governance, Press Releases|

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 susanzimet@gmail.com Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute, 518-469-6769 deutsch@fiscalpolicy.org 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|

Press Release: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Helps Nearly 64,000 of New York’s Low-Income Veterans Put Food on Their Tables

November 9, 2018 MEDIA CONTACT Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of FPI 518.469.6769 | deutsch@fiscalpolicy.org Sherry Tomasky, Director of Public Affairs of Hunger Solutions New York 518.414.6769 | sherry.tomasky@hungersolutionsny.org PRESS RELEASE New York State Food Security Advocates Urge Congress to Protect Food Assistance for Veterans The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Helps Nearly 64,000 of New York’s Low-Income Veterans Put Food on Their Tables As the nation prepares to observe Veterans Day, Hunger Solutions New York and the Fiscal Policy Institute are calling on Congress to [...]

Press Release: New Report Reveals How NY Economic Development Funds Shortchange Communities of Color

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  August 2, 2018  Media Contact Yatziri Tovar, yatziri.tovar@maketheroadny.org, 917-771-2818 Ron Deutsch, deutsch@fiscalpolicy.org, 518-469-6769 New Report Reveals How NY Economic Development Funds Shortchange Communities of Color Report released today by Make the Road New York & the Fiscal Policy Institute shows white males massively overrepresented on Regional Councils and funding for communities of color drastically less than for white communities. See the press release letter here. New York, NY (August 2nd, 2018)—Today, Make the Road New York, the Fiscal Policy Institute, New York Communities [...]

Progressive Groups, Government and Budget Watchdogs Call On Assembly Speaker Heastie to Allow Vote on Database of Deals and Comptroller’s Procurement Integrity Act

Contact: Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute, 518-469-6769 John Kaehny, Reinvent Albany, 917-941-9865 Jessica Wisneski, Citizen Action of New York, 845-901-0264 Jasmine Gripper, Alliance for Quality Education, 347-301-6277 Ethan Geringer-Sameth, Citizens Union; 914-715-0887 Susan Lerner, Common Cause New York; 917-670-5670 Jennifer Wilson, League of Women Voters NYS; 518-465-4162 Blair Horner, NYPIRG; 518-727-4506 Michael Kink, Strong Economy for All, 518-527-2787 Progressive Groups, Government and Budget Watchdogs Call On Assembly Speaker Heastie to Allow Vote on Database of Deals and Comptroller’s Procurement Integrity Act Bills have already passed [...]

75 New York State Organizations Call on Congress to Oppose Federal Budget Cuts to Critical Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2018  Media Contact:  Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of FPI 518-469-6769 / deutsch@fiscalpolicy.org 75 New York State Organizations Call on Congress to Oppose Federal Budget Cuts to Critical Programs Group urges Congress to reject a Farm Bill that takes food off the tables of needy Americans See the release of the letter here (New York, NY) – On May 10, 2018, the New York Federal Budget Response Team submitted a letter on behalf of 75 service providers and advocacy organizations (listed below) asking [...]

Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez Stood Alongside Nonprofits In Opposition To President Trump And Congressional Republicans’ Harmful Cuts To The Social Safety Net

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2018  Media Contact:  Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of FPI 518-469-6769 / deutsch@fiscalpolicy.org Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez Stood Alongside Nonprofits In Opposition To President Trump And Congressional Republicans’ Harmful Cuts To The Social Safety Net Group calls on Congress to reject a Farm Bill that takes food off the tables of needy Americans when they return from recess See the full press release here New York, NY. - On April 30, 2018, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez stood alongside nonprofit service providers on the Steps [...]

2021-01-06T11:29:20-05:00April 30th, 2018|Federal Taxes & Budget Policy, Press Releases|

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 for what has become the long [...]

2021-01-06T10:52:12-05:00January 2nd, 2018|NYS Budget, Press Releases|

Health Care Cuts and Higher Taxes Put Millions of New Yorkers At Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute, (518) 469-6769 Michael Kink, Strong Economy for All,  (518) 527-2787   Health Care Cuts and Higher Taxes Put Millions of New Yorkers At Risk New Data Anticipates Loss of Health Coverage and Rising Taxes for Poor and Middle-Income New Yorkers Albany, NY - Leaders from community and worker’ rights organizations held a press conference on Friday to protest the tax reform plan that could emerge from the House and Senate conference within the next week. In [...]

2021-01-08T09:47:03-05:00December 8th, 2017|NYS Tax Policy, Press Releases|

HOUSE TAX PLAN: BENEFIT FOR RICHEST 1% in NYS GROWS OVER TIME

HOUSE TAX PLAN: BENEFIT FOR RICHEST 1% in NYS GROWS OVER TIME  By 2027 Wealthiest 1% Get Average Tax Cut of $34,000 and Poorest 20% Get $90   A 50-state analysis of the House tax plan released last week reveals that in New York State the wealthiest 1 percent of New Yorkers will receive the greatest share of the total tax cut in year one and their share would grow through 2027. Further, the value of the tax cut would decline over time for every [...]

2021-01-08T09:40:58-05:00November 9th, 2017|Blog, Federal Taxes & Budget Policy, Press Releases|

Progressive Organizations Join Together to Urge Opposition to ConCon

Press Release For Immediate Release:                                           Contact: October 30, 2017                                                        Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute (518) 469-6769 Progressive Organizations Join Together to Urge Opposition to ConCon The Risk is Simply Too Great  Progressive organizations from across New York State joined together today to voice their opposition to a Constitutional Convention.  The groups suggested that for virtually all New Yorkers, there is simply more to lose than to gain by holding a Constitutional Convention. The groups highlighted multiple concerns with the rigged delegate selection process, the [...]

2021-01-08T09:35:41-05:00October 30th, 2017|Good Governance, Press Releases|

Cassidy-Graham Bill Would Deeply Cut Health Coverage Funding for New York

For Immediate Release August 24, 2017                    Media Contact: Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, FPI 518-469-6769  Cassidy-Graham Bill Would Deeply Cut Health Coverage Funding for New York New York Faces Deepest Cuts of All States (Albany, NY)— A new Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill would cut New York’s federal funding by $22 billion for health coverage by 2026, according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities based in Washington DC. New York would be the hardest-hit state, with an eye-popping estimated [...]

2021-01-08T09:22:34-05:00August 24th, 2017|Health Care, Press Releases|

Response from Governor Cuomo, Senate Leader Flanagan and Speaker Heastie to Largest Bid-Rigging Scandal in State History: NOTHING

Response from Governor Cuomo, Senate Leader Flanagan and Speaker Heastie to Largest Bid-Rigging Scandal in State History: NOTHING Elected leaders fail to pass common sense reforms to curb sky-high corruption risks revealed in $800m state contracting scandal   (June 22, 2017, Albany) A coalition of prominent government watchdog groups say Governor Cuomo, Senate Leader Flanagan and Speaker Heastie have completely failed to address the huge problems revealed by last year’s alleged rigging of $800m in state economic development contracts and that billions of state funds remain [...]

2021-01-08T09:10:40-05:00June 22nd, 2017|Good Governance, Press Releases|
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