You are invited to FPI’s new FREE event”Tax Justice NY: Moving from Austerity to Prosperity” in Albany on Monday, December 9th, from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm in Meeting Room 5, Empire State Plaza. Our state’s tax policy is a tool we can all use to eliminate existing racial, ethnic, and gender inequities and increase economic equality for all New Yorkers.  We are excited to partner with state and national advocacy organizations to bring these informative and energizing panel discussions to Albany in preparation for the 2020 state legislative session.  

11:30 am – 11:55 am “Surveying the 2020 Landscape”
New York State needs to commit to ensuring that its residents have equal access to economic opportunity and the tools necessary to achieve financial success. This talk will explore what we’ve achieved and where we still need to make significant progress.
Welcome: Michael Burgess, Board President, Fiscal Policy Institute
Remarks: Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute
Noon – 12:45 pm Panel 1: “Making Headway”  
Fully funding programs and services are essential to progress, and New York State needs revenue to address many long-neglected issues. This panel will discuss what revenue-boosting policies could be enacted to ensure our state can grow equitably.
Moderator: Jonas Shaende, Chief Economist, Fiscal Policy Institute 
Panelists: Charles Khan, Organizing Director, Strong Economy for All:  Michelle Gittelman, Revenue Working Group; Pierce Delahunt, Patriotic Millionaires
12:45 pm – 1:15 pm:Free Box Lunch with Keynote Speaker Elizabeth McNichol, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm: Panel 2: “Austerity’s Impact”
Our state budget is subject to a 2 percent growth cap, with much state spending held flat for years. Join us to explore the impact of the cap on our state’s infrastructure, both human and physical (human services, housing, education, and health care).
Moderator: Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute 
Panelists: Michelle Jackson, Deputy Executive Director, Human Services Coalition; Jasmine Gripper, Legislative Director, Alliance Quality Education; Mark Hannay, Executive Director, Metro New York Health Care for All; Paulette Soltani, Political Director, VOCAL-NY 
2:00 pm – 2:20 pm: “Call to Action on the NYS Working Families Tax Credits” 
Learn how two powerful tax policies – the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Empire State Child Credit – can better serve New Yorkers who need help the most. 
Moderator: Cara Long Cora, Senior Policy Analyst, Fiscal Policy Institute
Panelists: Brenda Episcopo, President and CEO, United Way of New York State
Dorothy (Dede) Hill, Director of Policy, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy
2:20 pm – 2:30 pm:  Closing Remarks & Next Steps
Remarks: Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute