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NEW YORK STATE ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN 2015

NYSAFAH Senior Housing Platform 2016

NYSAFAH Assembly Testimony Housing Committee, Feb. 2016

NYSAFAH is part of a coalition of 10 groups representing over 1000 affordable housing organizations, businesses, advocates, and service providers that came together to recommend a five year, $4 billion capital plan to address New York's housing crisis. Investing in affordable housing is smart policy for New York State, providing safe, quality affordable homes, jobs for local residents, and spurring economic development in communities across the state. Full capital plan...

NYS Assembly Budget Testimony, Jan. 2016

State of the State - Press Release, Jan. 14, 2016 HERE



NYSAFAH POLICY AGENDAS

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YSAFAH Budget Memorandum 2016-17


PREVAILING WAGE STUDIES

Columbia Releases Prevailing Wage Report, Calls for Reform
Columbia University's Center for Urban Real Estate released the NYSAFAH commissioned report The Complex Worlds of New York Prevailing Wage. The report examines New State's prevailing wage methodology, concluding the system for certifying wage rates is opaque, outdated, and in need of significant reform. Primary report findings include:

  • New York State taxpayers are being significantly overcharged for public works projects,
    with prevailing wage rates that are up to twice the market wage

  • There is no transparency in how prevailing wage rates are set.

  • The state's prevailing wage methodology may be invalid because the legal criteria for using collective bargaining agreements to establish wage rates are likely not being met.

The report urges the adoption of median wages as the true "prevailing" wage rate, which are captured by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, and average $25/hour for construction trades statewide. Further, a conventional fringe benefits package at 25% to 40% should apply, not the current 70% prevailing wage fringe package. Taxpayers cannot afford to continue paying double the labor cost for infrastructure projects and other public works.

Prevailing Wisdom: The Potential Impacts of Prevailing Wages on Affordable Housing, CHPC


ADDITIONAL LEGISLATION / ISSUES

Albany Intro 730 Preemption Bill

Albany Intro 730 Preemption Bill Support Memo

Fact Sheet on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit

 

 

 

 

 


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