Across America, it is a week of dichotomy. For many, Thursday means a massive feast, but Thanksgiving also helps shed light on the 17 percent of Americans who struggle with food insecurity. Faith groups, low-income residents, anti-hunger groups, and Congressman Paul Tonko assembled today in Albany at Emmanuel Baptist Church for the annual Thanksgiving Action Against Hunger.
New Census estimates show the number of New Yorkers living in poverty remained steady from 2012 through last year, mirroring national statistics. The data comes at a time when the Empire State is gearing up to increase benefits for the unemployed and boost employment opportunities for disabled workers.
The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday proclaimed median household income throughout New York State remained flat at about $57,000.
Hundreds of low-wage workers and advocates descended upon Albany today to urge the Senate and Assembly to pass legislation that would raise the state minimum wage to $10.10, index it to inflation, and allow cities and counties to set their wages 30 percent higher than the state’s minimum.
The Vermont House on Wednesday gave final approval to an increase in the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from the current $8.73, to take effect in January. But Governor Peter Shumlin prefers moving to $10.10 in stages by 2017.