NERA Experts Provide Pro Bono Economic Analysis for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

13 October 2011

New York -- NERA Economic Consulting Senior Consultants Dr. Max Gulker and Dr. Alex Grecu, and Senior Analyst David Bubb analyzed the benefits and costs to New York State and its residents of implementing a proposed executive order mandating that state government agencies provide translation and interpretation services to state residents with limited English proficiency (LEP). NERA was retained by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest on a pro bono basis.

After a review of independent data, academic literature, government documents, and related executive orders from multiple jurisdictions, Dr. Gulker, Dr. Grecu, and Mr. Bubb found that "implementation of the proposed executive order will yield benefits to both New York State’s LEP residents and its government agencies. LEP residents will experience improvements in access to and quality of services provided by state agencies. State agencies will experience increased efficiency and, potentially, reduced costs, associated with their interactions with LEP individuals."

Dr. Gulker, Dr. Grecu, and Mr. Bubb estimated that the incremental cost of providing language-access services by the State represents a small fraction of the affected agencies’ budgets-0.05% of agencies’ total budgets.

On 6 October 2011, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed an Executive Order requiring New York state agencies that offer public services to offer free interpretation and translation services to members of the public for vital government forms and instructions.

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