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Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2017

Op-Ed: Next Step for Mayor’s Inequality Agenda: Tackle NYC’s College Success Problem

If Mayor de Blasio is serious about making headway on his signature issue of reducing inequality, his administration should now turn its attention to boosting the rate at which New Yorkers earn a college credential.

Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2017

Op-Ed: Making Small Business a Bigger Part of the Workforce Equation

The nation’s workforce training and job placement programs have long focused on large businesses. But with small businesses driving economic growth and job creation in cities nationwide, it’s time for smaller employers to become a larger part of the workforce equation.

Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2017

Op-Ed: Want to Expand Economic Opportunity, Governor Cuomo? Help NYC Tackle Student Success

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature took steps to make college more affordable by launching the Excelsior Scholarship program. Now it’s time to tackle another critical challenge: making sure more students actually graduate with a degree.

Report - December 2017

Degrees of Difficulty: Boosting College Success in New York City

New York City has a college success problem. Today, far too few New Yorkers who graduate high school are succeeding in college, with serious consequences for their economic mobility. To lift more of its residents into the middle class, the city will need to make dramatic improvements to its college completion rates.

Testimony - December 2017

New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship Shortcomings

In this testimony before the New York State Assembly Committee on Higher Education, CUF's Senior Fellow for Economic Opportunity, Tom Hilliard, argues that the Excelsior Scholarship program has shortcomings that threaten to cripple its effectiveness, while offering little to help more college students graduate with a degree.

Commentary/Op-Ed - November 2017

Commentary: Taking Career Pathways from Vision to Reality

Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration has made important progress on Career Pathways, a vital plan to overhaul New York City's workforce development system. But in order to realize the full potential of this transformation, the city needs to commit to implementing what it began nearly four years ago. Here’s how policymakers can take Career Pathways from vision to reality.

Testimony - November 2017

JFK’s Air Cargo Industry Provides a Runway to the Middle Class

In this testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Economic Development, CUF's policy director, Matt Chaban, argues that the city, state, and Port Authority must address the woes of JFK's shrinking air cargo industry. Not just global commerce but thousands of good-paying jobs are at stake.

Commentary/Op-Ed - November 2017

Op-Ed: NYC’s Infrastructure Woes Run Deeper than the Subway

If the ongoing subway crisis should remind New York City of anything, it is the dangers of neglecting infrastructure. The city faces at least $47 billion in unmet infrastructure needs just to reach a state of good repair, and any major expansions or sweeping modernizations would cost billions more. With infrastructure in crisis everywhere, officials need to direct sustained funding to these critical needs.

Report - October 2017

Making the Connection: Aligning Small Businesses and the Workforce Development System

Small businesses have been sparking much of the recent job growth in New York City. However, there is a major disconnect in the city's workforce development system when it comes to working with small businesses. This report explores how to achieve greater alignment between the city’s thousands of small businesses and the workforce development system.

Commentary/Op-Ed - October 2017

Op-Ed: On New York’s Amazon Wishlist? More Homegrown College Graduates

Bids are due today for Amazon’s new headquarters and it seems cities across North America have joined the fray. New York City alone has multiple neighborhoods vying for Bezos’ bounty. However, New York’s ability to lure the world’s fourth largest corporation will hinge on whether its workforce is primed and ready.

Commentary/Op-Ed - September 2017

Op-Ed: Libraries Can Be More Than Just Books

New York has an opportunity, one shared by cities across the country, to improve library infrastructure while creating badly needed housing. By using aging branches as sites for development, new libraries may rise with affordable apartments on top.

Report - July 2017

Freight Forward: Boosting NYC’s Sagging Air Cargo Sector Should be Part of NYC’s Good Jobs Strategy

With global trade again on the rise, nearly every major airport in the country is experiencing increases in air cargo volumes. But New York’s dominant air cargo hub, JFK International Airport, is trending in the opposite direction.

Commentary/Op-Ed - July 2017

Op-Ed: New York’s Cultural Plan Should Tackle the Affordability Crisis

The de Blasio administration's CreateNYC plan is a promising step forward and follows months of dedicated outreach efforts to nearly 200,000 New Yorkers. However, as the city’s arts communities face a deepening affordability crisis, the plan offers little by way of solutions to this existential threat. The mayor should act now to help put more artists and organizations on the path to sustainability

Report - July 2017

Artists in Schools: A Creative Solution to New York’s Affordable Space Crunch

Despite fears that New York City is no longer welcoming to artists, there are more artists living here now than ever before, and the share of artists has increased in the majority of the city's neighborhoods. Yet the same forces that have led artists to spread across the five boroughs have made it harder for them to find work spaces. The arts facilities available in local schools, many concentrated in the same neighborhoods as artists, offer one possible solution to the affordable space crunch.

Commentary/Op-Ed - July 2017

Expanding Economic Opportunity in a City of Aging Immigrants

This essay by our own Christian González-Rivera draws on personal history and analysis of Census data to highlight the contributions of grandparents to the economic mobility of immigrant families in New York City.

Commentary/Op-Ed - June 2017

Op-Ed: Small Investment, Big Return: Federal Microlending Programs Under Threat

The president’s 2018 executive budget contains trillions of dollars in cuts to some of the nation’s most vital and popular public programs. Overlooked are plans to gut the nation’s premier microlending program, with dire consequences for entrepreneurship in New York and nationwide.

Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2017

Op-Ed: Preparing for an Automated Future

The forces of automation will likely lead to a reduction in jobs in a range of New York City industries, from accountants and X-ray technicians to paralegals and taxi drivers. Rather than wait until it’s too late, New York’s policymakers must take swift action.

Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2017

Op-Ed: From Summer Pell to Summer TAP

The recently passed federal budget bill will do college students around the country a huge favor: extend Pell Grants for year-round study. New York should follow the federal government's lead by adopting this reform for its own need-based financial aid program, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

Report - May 2017

The Aging Apple: Older Immigrants a Rising Share of New York’s Seniors

The growth in New York’s older immigrant population is far outpacing that of the U.S. born senior population. There are now more people over the age of 65 in the city than there are children ages 10 and younger. And for the first time since the end of World War II, the share of older New Yorkers who were born outside of the U.S. reached 49.5 percent—nearly equal to the native-born share.

Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2017

Op-Ed: To Keep His Promises, Trump Should Invest in Human Capital

Although the Trump administration continues to tout its support for American workers, workforce development and job training programs are conspicuously absent from the White House’s list of accomplishments in the first 100 days. If President Trump and Congress are serious about putting more Americans on the path to the middle class, then Washington should be investing in a 21st century human capital system.

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