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FPI Testifies to NYS Senate on Fines and Fees
October 29, 2021
FPI’s Chief Economist, Jonas Shaende, was invited to testify before the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Codes and the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime, and Corrections. Dr. Shaende spoke in support of the […]
Excluded Worker Fund Will Run Out of Money
October 4, 2021
October 7, 2021 (updated from October 4). The groundbreaking Excluded Worker Fund, which gives aid to people who are excluded from unemployment insurance benefits, has crossed the $1 billion mark, and stands at $1,148,078,400 as of October 4. That’s a huge […]
Some Regions Lag in Excluded Worker Fund
October 4, 2021
October 4, 2021. New York State’s historic Excluded Worker Fund has been helping undocumented immigrants and others who were left out of unemployment compensation during the pandemic. According to data provided by the New York State Department of Labor last […]
Millions of Dollars Help Immigrants and Boost the Local Economy Across NYS
September 3, 2021
Sept. 3, 2021. The first data is out: $250 million has already been issued to immigrants who lost work during the pandemic but were excluded from federal aid, and another $600 million is “undergoing final verification.” After just the first […]
Local Governments Across New York State Must Re‐examine Fine and Fee Revenue
August 31, 2021
Many local governments across New York State ‐ particularly small town and village governments ‐ rely on fine and fee revenue as part of their annual budget, with more than 30 towns and villages having a reliance of ten percent […]
Cutting Off Federal Aid to the Unemployed: States are Slamming the Recovery Effort
June 17, 2021
More than 400,000 people are poised to lose unemployment benefits this weekend as eight states withdraw early from pandemic-era programs. While $300 a week federal supplements to state benefits are not ending until September, eight states (Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Nebraska, […]
Economy Shows Improvement, but Employment Needs Time to Recover
June 10, 2021
Read the full report here: Economy Shows Improvement, but Employment Needs Time to Recover Several measures show signs of gradual improvement for New York residents as the state emerges from the covid-19 recession. One such indicator is the steep decline […]
NY's Excluded Worker Fund is a Model for Other States - CBPP and EPI
May 24, 2021
Two national groups put a spotlight on FPI’s work with the Fund Excluded Worker Coalition that resulted in $2.1 billion toward allowing undocumented immigrants to get something like what others in New York got in unemployment benefits and stimulus payments. […]
FPI’s Census 2020 Hindsight in Gotham Gazette
May 19, 2021
Shamier Settle, Policy Analyst with the Fiscal Policy Institute, wrote this article in the Gotham Gazette about the census count and what the numbers mean for New York. FPI started its census work in 2018 with this report, which estimates of how much funding […]
New York State Fines and Fees Revenue Lacks Transparency, Obscures Economic Harms
May 10, 2021
New York State relies on fine, fee, and surcharge revenue to fund government operations– including the functions of the courts and state agencies providing criminal justice, public safety, and victim services. This funding is generated via a complex set of […]
FPI Testifies to Congress on Immigrant Businesses and Economic Recovery
April 30, 2021
The director of FPI’s Immigration Research Initiative, David Dyssegaard Kallick, was invited to testify before the Congressional Small Business Committee about the role of immigrant businesses in the economic recovery after Covid. Kallick talked about two recovery scenarios: A Main […]
State and Local Employment in New York, Cut in the Pandemic, Has Been Down for a Decade
April 21, 2021
Read the full report here: State and Local Employment in New York, Cut in the Pandemic, Has Been Down for a Decade State and local government employment is vital to our economy and our quality of life. State and local […]
Undocumented Women in NYC Particularly Hard Hit by “She-Cession”
April 19, 2021
Something different has happened during the COVID recession than is typical for other recessions: there has been noticeably more job loss among women than among men.  Dr. C Nicole Mason, President of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, coined the […]