Center for Working Families

Upside Down

Commentary on Inequality in New York State

News Leadstory A News Upside Down

The real Olympic battle

Wall Street vs Main Street USA new color

August 2, 2012
_______________________
Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam’s compensation just increased to $23.1 million/year. That’s 415 times the income of the typical New York State family.
McAdam is not alone. In the past four decades, pay for CEOs has skyrocketed…

Read More »

August 2nd, 2012

News Leadstory B News Upside Down

A rabbi, an imam and a priest…

Rabbis, imams and priests called for it.

Environmentalists demanded it.

The governor spoke in favor of it, and both houses of the legislature introduced bills to enact it.

But last week, the New York State legislative session ended without passage of publicly financed elections.

So now the campaign for fair elections is entering a new phase. As the New York Times reported today, pro-democracy investors and philanthropists are working closely with Governor Cuomo to set the stage for success next year. The Center for Working Families and our allies are also preparing for an even bigger push.

Read More »

June 25th, 2012

Related: democracy

News Leadstory B News Upside Down

NYC proves it: Less isn’t more

Job Creation Options in NYC - June 2012

When it comes to creating jobs, less isn’t more. You can’t create jobs by laying off workers. And you sure can’t end a recession that way.

Read More »

June 21st, 2012

News Leadstory B News Upside Down

NRA & Albany lawmakers: Not a shotgun marriage

Why does the gun industry love certain Albany lawmakers?

Since 2003, the National Rifle Association donated more to political candidates and campaigns in New York than to campaigns in any other state…

Read More »

June 15th, 2012

Related: democracy

News Leadstory B Upside Down

An unfair fight in the cheese state

June 8, 2012
_______________________
Talk about an unfair fight.
Wisconsin Governor Walker bested his election opponent Tom Barrett by outspending him ten-to-one.
(Of course, both candidates benefited from another $33.5 million spent by unaccountable political action committees. Those committees…

Read More »

June 8th, 2012

Related: democracy

News Leadstory A Upside Down

A cup of coffee?

May 24, 2012
___________________
Is democracy worth the cost of a cup of coffee?
For just $2.50 per New Yorker annually, we could have publicly funded state elections.
Here’s what we’d get in return: Candidates who pay more attention to…

Read More »

May 24th, 2012

Related: democracy

News Leadstory B Upside Down

From Bed-Stuy to the Bronx, why public financing works

Bed-Stuy NYC Council Donations 2009

May 16, 2012
______________
Why did 24 times as many residents of the low-income Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant donate to New York City Council candidates as to New York State Assembly candidates?
City elections are publicly financed. State elections aren’t.…

Read More »

May 16th, 2012

Related: democracy

News Leadstory A Upside Down

The cost of NOT having publicly financed elections

May 10, 2012
______________________
Opponents argue the cost of publicly funded elections is too high.
But the real question is: What’s the cost to New Yorkers if we don’t have publicly funded elections?
Without public funding, big money dominates. Regular…

Read More »

May 10th, 2012

Related: democracy

News Leadstory A Upside Down

Upside Down: Elections Pop Quiz: Where do you go for dough?

May 3, 2012
__________________________
You want to represent your hometown in the New York State Senate. Who do you approach for funds?
A)    Your neighbors and others who live in your district
B)    PACs and wealthy New Yorkers who live…

Read More »

May 3rd, 2012

Related: democracy

News Leadstory A News Upside Down

Upside Down: “Politicians don’t pay attention to people like me…”

Graph with CFI data 4-24-12

In Long Island, voters of color go to the polls in lower numbers than their white counterparts.
Why? Maria Magdalena Flores of Make the Road New York, a grassroots community group, explained in Newsday recently how Latino voters in…

Read More »

April 26th, 2012



website by theCoup.org

© 2013 Center for Working Families

Twitter

About CWF

The Center for Working Families creates and implements innovative policy ideas to improve the lives of working and low income New Yorkers.

Alerts by Email

Creative Commons

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License. You can remix, tweak, and build upon our work non-commercially, as long as you acknowledge us.

Creative Commons License