FEDERAL 

Nonprofit Sector Strength and Partnership Act

NPW recently endorsed the Nonprofit Sector Strength and Partnership Act. The bipartisan legislation is scheduled to be introduced by Reps. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Fred Upton (R-MI) this week.

The overriding purpose of the bill is to expand the voice of charitable nonprofits in the workings and deliberations of federal policy makers. It would establish several structures for engaging nonprofits with the government through a nonprofit-focused office in the White House (including a commission on federal grants reforms), an interagency council to promote government/nonprofit partnerships, and an advisory board on the nonprofit sector. As to substantive issues, the bill calls for actions on volunteerism and national service, charitable giving, and government research and regular reporting on nonprofit employment data. Independent Sector has an advocacy toolkit to promote the act.

Congressman Jamaal Bowman: Appropriations Requests

The Office of Congressman Bowman is gearing up to submit Appropriations Requests for Fiscal Year 2023. As part of this process, Congressman Bowman will be able to submit 15 "Community Project Funding" requests for consideration by the House Appropriations Committee. These requests are for funds to be directed specific projects in our community (you can find examples of last year's requests here). Only certain federal funding accounts are eligible for community project funding. List of federal accounts that public and nonprofit entities can apply for this year. To apply, visit https://bowman.house.gov/fy23-appropriations-requests.

Congressman Mondaire Jones: Community Project Funding

Guidance for FY23 Community Project Funding is now available here. Please feel free to contact Legislative Director, Michael Perez or District Director, Joan Grangenois-Thomas with any questions. PDF on Guidance & Requirements.

President Biden’s FY 23 Budget Proposal

The White House released President Biden’s FY 2023 Budget Proposal, a $5.8 trillion spending blueprint and set of policy proposals. See also, White House budget webpage. Here are some high-level details, plus a few items of particular interest to nonprofits:

Topline Discretionary Numbers: The budget proposes spending $769 billion for domestic (non-defense) programs, an increase of 5%, and $813 billion for defense, a 4% increase.

Deficit Reduction: The budget calls for spending $1.3 trillion less than last year and projects that proposed policy solutions, if enacted, will reduce the deficit an additional $1 trillion over the next 10 years.

Tax Increases: The budget proposes a Billionaire Minimum Income Tax on taxpayers with incomes exceeding $100 million. The 20% minimum tax would be applied to income and unrealized gains. The Administration estimates that the new tax would raise $360 billion/10 years. The details for this proposal are provided in the Treasury Department’s Green Book (pages 34-36).

Internal Revenue Service: The President recommends allocating $14.1 billion to the IRS, or $2.2 billion more than in 2022, an 18% increase.

Estate and Gift Taxes: The budget calls for raising $42 billion/10 years by modifying income, estate, and gift tax rules for certain grantor trusts. The details for this proposal are provided in the Treasury Department’s Green Book (pages 40-42).

PSLF: The budget documents include this statement: “The Administration also looks forward to working with the Congress on changes to … ease the burden of student debt, including through improvements to the … and Public Service Loan Forgiveness programs.” (p. 30)

Town Hall with Senator Gillibrand

Last week Nonprofit Westchester, Nonprofit New York,  New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON)and the National Council of Nonprofits held a statewide nonprofit town hall with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Senator Gillibrand shared congressional updates and her legislative agenda, and we discussed nonprofits’ federal priorities. Our recommendations centered on advancing policies to address nonprofit staffing shortages and provide living wages, and generating resources to meet nonprofits' ongoing needs of relief and recovery. You can view the recording here.

STATE

Budget

The state budget is delayed, with negotiations held up by bail reform, child care, gas taxes, “Coverage for All” and other items.

Nonprofit human services workers may finally get a raise through the state budget.

Governor Hochul and Democratic leaders in the Legislature are negotiating a deal to replace New York's oft-criticized ethics commission.

Governor Hochul will begin enforcing a 2021 state law that established minimum staffing levels for New York nursing homes, even as some facilities warn it could harm residents due to pandemic-related staffing shortages

Employers No Longer Required to Implement Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan

On March 17, 2022, the New York State Commissioner of Health ended the designation of Covid-19 as an airborne infectious disease that presents a serious risk of harm to public health under New York’s HERO Act. Therefore, while private sector employers with a New York physical worksite are still required to have an Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan (“Plan”), they are no longer required to implement the Plan. This development follows the Governor’s lifting of New York's indoor mask mandate for businesses. Employers should continue to monitor the New York State Health Department’s website for further updates on the designation of Covid-19 and other airborne infectious diseases. See details. Also see Schnader’s recent alert on the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (“HERO Act”)

Join The Advocacy Institute for an Overview of the NY State Legislative Process on April 21 - I’m Just a Bill: Overview of the NYS Legislative Process

 

WESTCHESTER COUNTY 

Salary Transparency

The Westchester County Board of Legislators is taking up a proposal to require that employers post an expected salary range every time they post a job opportunity in Westchester. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, on average women earn 82 cents to every dollar a man earns and inequity is worse for women of color. Nonprofit Westchester supports this proposal and looks forward to eventual legislation.

 

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