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EITC Helps Workers, Their Families, Communities and the State
March 4, 2021
Our state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a proven program that working New Yorkers rely on. The EITC keeps more money in workers’ pockets, providing more money to spend on essentials like food, transportation, housing, education, and child care. […]
FPI Testifies Before Join Legislative Budget Hearing on Taxes
February 24, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2020 Media Contact: Communications Director, Fern Whyland:, 315-436-0558 Fiscal Policy Institute’s Recommendations for the FY 2022 State Budget (Albany, NY) Today the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) testified before the Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on […]
Public Testimony Integral to New York’s State Budget Process
February 23, 2021
New York State’s constitution requires the governor to provide the state legislature with a yearly balanced budget proposal including the necessary appropriation bills and legislation. The Legislature reviews the proposed executive budget and offers changes or modifications and enacts the […]
After the Applause: Legal Status for Essential Workers
February 12, 2021
In the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic last spring, Americans embraced a new concept: Essential Workers. In many areas, we applauded for them every night at 7pm: they kept us going through this difficult period, and we knew they were […]
Memo of Support: S.537/A.2533 (EITC)
February 10, 2021
Memorandum of Support S.537 (Kaplan)/A.2533 (Fahy) Provides for the advance payment of the earned income tax credit to qualifying employees.  The Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) supports S.537/A.2533 to help create a more equitable state tax code for working New Yorkers.  This legislation would […]
NYS Enhanced Services for Refugees: Now Is the Time to Expand
February 10, 2021
The New York State Enhanced Services to Refugees Program (NYSESRP) began in 2017 as a response to the federal government’s retreat from refugee resettlement. New York State was first in the nation to provide state funding to support refugee integration, […]
New York's Pandemic State Budget: Recovering and Reimagining
February 9, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2020 Media Contact: Communications Director, Fern Whyland:, 315-436-0558 ***VIDEO link below***   New York’s Pandemic State Budget: Recovering and Reimagining  Fiscal Policy Institute’s Recommendations for the FY 2022 State Budget    Read the report: “Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2022: […]
Military Coup in Myanmar Reverberates in California, Indiana, New York, and Texas
February 5, 2021
Over the past week, the military in Myanmar, the country also known as Burma, overthrew the democratically elected government and arrested the top civilian leaders. The United States state department condemned the action, saying “the military must reverse these actions […]
Concrete Gains for New Yorkers from Federal Immigration Proposal
February 1, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2021 Media Contact: Fern Whyland:, 315-436-0558 Concrete Gains for New Yorkers from Federal Immigration Proposal Removing Barriers for Immigrants Boosts Earnings and Tax Revenue Read the report:  A Pathway to Citizenship: Doing Well by Doing Good […]
Arts Central to New York City's Recovery
January 19, 2021
As New York looks to restart our economic engine after the pandemic, the arts and culture play a critical role, especially in New York City. Governor Cuomo underscored that connection in his State of the State and New York State […]
Fiscal Policy Institute Reacts to Governor Cuomo's State of the State
January 11, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2020 Media Contact: Fern Whyland:, 315-436-0558, The Fiscal Policy Institute (Albany, NY)  Today Governor Cuomo laid out his priorities at the beginning of the New York State 2021 legislative session. Statement from Jonas Shaende, Ph.D., Chief Economist “The […]
Taxes Fuel Our Communities
January 11, 2021
You may have heard that New York is a high-tax state. But what does that really mean?  If we concentrate solely on personal income taxes in 2019, California tops the list with the highest top rate of 13.3 percent. New […]
Congressional COVID Relief Bill Offers New York Workers Some Needed Relief
December 30, 2020
New York State’s unemployed workers will soon see some relief from the federal coronavirus relief bill passed on December 21, 2020. The bill provides $300/week in enhanced unemployment compensation (FPUC). It also extends Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) for another 11 weeks. In October and November of 2020, New York’s […]