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Burt Lum

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.

NYS Senator, Others To Call For Minimum Wage Increase

Sep 12, 2014

A New York state Senator will join community groups in Ulster County Friday afternoon to call for a higher minimum wage.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A new report from Feeding America shows 50 million Americans rely on food banks and 1 in 7 Americans face food insecurity. It also links substandard nutrition to health problems.

The report entitled "Hunger in America 2014" has revealed some startling statistics: One in seven Americans turns to a food bank for help, about 40 percent of whom have education beyond high school.

In post-recession America, many citizens, especially New Yorkers, have yet to experience financial change. A new report finds a "job deficit" persists in mid- and higher-wage industries.

WAMC composite photo by Aubrey Mulvey

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. 

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Vermont's wage is going up.

5/1/14 Panel

May 1, 2014


  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany professor and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld.

Topics include:
Minimum Wage Filibuster
NYC Teacher Deal
White House on Execution
Facebook Data Limits

4/17/14 Panel

Apr 17, 2014

    Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman, Ira Fusfeld, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Citizen Bloomberg vs. NRA
NY Lawmakers push for higher minimum wage for chain employees
Deportations dramatically down over last 5 years
TU Stories
Union Hockey Celebration

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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.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont House passed a bill Wednesday afternoon  that would make the state the first in the country to cross the $10 mark in its minimum wage.