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MoveOn.org protesters satirize wealthy government donors at the People's State of the State speech. Photo: Jenna Flanagan/Innovation Trail
MoveOn.org protesters satirize wealthy government donors at the People's State of the State speech. Photo: Jenna Flanagan/Innovation Trail

Advocates: Cuomo policies falling short

It was a cold day in New York State, but a handful of activists braved the single digit temperatures for the People's State of the State in Albany yesterday.

The group of advocates say Governor Cuomo has turned a cold shoulder to the state's struggling middle class and working poor.  Go to full article

Speaker Silver backs faster minimum wage hike to $9

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The leader of New York's Democrat-controlled Assembly wants to accelerate the state's scheduled minimum wage increase to $9 by 2015 and tie it to the inflation rate.

Speaker Sheldon Silver says he'll introduce legislation to do that.  Go to full article

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U.S. Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh)
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh)

Owens: rural America losing clout in farm policy

Lawmakers and agricultural leaders are searching for a way forward after the Farm Bill went down in flames in the House last week.

Many Republicans bristled at the nearly $100 billion a year price tag. About 80 percent of that is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP -- better known as Food Stamps. Some Democrats voted no to protest of cuts to that program. In the end, the farm bill went down by a significant margin, even though GOP House Speaker John Boehner voted for it.

It's unclear if the House will take up the Senate's version - which passed earlier this month - or seek to extend the 2008 farm bill for another year.  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Photo: Mark Kurtz
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Photo: Mark Kurtz

Gillibrand wants food stamps, milk price reform in Farm Bill

Congress is back to work on a new five year Farm Bill. The Senate passed one last year, but the House of Representatives couldn't agree on the size of cuts to the food stamp program and other issues.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says preserving food stamps is "a moral issue." And she says there's a way to pay for them.  Go to full article
Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Gillibrand: minimum wage should be even higher

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is making the case that New York's proposed minimum wage increase to $9 an hour is actually not enough. She is co-sponsoring a bill to raise the minimum wage nationwide to $10.10 an hour.  Go to full article
A family at last Saturday's Idle No More march over the Cornwall bridge.  Photo by David Sommerstein.
A family at last Saturday's Idle No More march over the Cornwall bridge. Photo by David Sommerstein.

Big expectations for "Idle No More" meeting in Canada

First Nations chiefs are meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa today. The meeting is a response to months of protests by a grassroots aboriginal group called Idle No More.

The group is demanding the government address issues such as poverty, land claims, and profits from natural resources.

As Karen Kelly reports from Ottawa, it may be difficult for today's meeting to soothe decades of discontent.  Go to full article
Church and Community Program Director Catherine Matthews is pleased to have mayo to distribute. Photo: Julie Grant
Church and Community Program Director Catherine Matthews is pleased to have mayo to distribute. Photo: Julie Grant

Need increases at North Country food pantries

The number of people requesting help at North Country food pantries continues to rise. Many are still unable to find work, and more older people are struggling to pay their taxes. Pantries in the region say there's always been enough food for the people in need. But there's worry that leaders in Washington, D.C., will dramatically cut food stamps, and that means pantries will have to pick up the slack.  Go to full article
The new report finds New York's income disparity is caused in part by Wall Street's high salaries. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ensh/">Manu_H</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a><br />
The new report finds New York's income disparity is caused in part by Wall Street's high salaries. Photo: Manu_H, CC some rights reserved

Report finds growing income disparity in NY state

A new report from a union-funded think tank finds that New York has the greatest income disparity in the nation. The Fiscal Policy Institute says that trend is continuing, with the top one percent gaining more financial resources, while the middle class falls behind and the numbers of poor increase.  Go to full article
It actually works out to be an enormous savings to New York, to the tune of $2.3 billion per year.

New York expanding Medicaid, and expects to save billions

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of most of the Affordable Care Act just last month, including the individual mandate. But New York has been working to implement the law for more than a year. The state has already gotten $88 million from the federal government to be one of the first to create a health insurance exchange. Yesterday, we spoke with Danielle Holahan, the project director for New York's health insurance exchange planning.

Danielle Holahan described a website similar to Travelocity, where people will be able to shop for health insurance plans. She expects the cost of a policy to be lower than it is today, in part because of the individual mandate. She said, "The mandate, as research shows, has the effect of bringing healthier lives into the insurance market, and that, on average, brings premiums down. So we saw that premiums would come down for that reason. And then, as sort of a second help, we have the federal tax credits, that would offset the premiums and make it affordable for people. Certainly more than zero if they don't have coverage today, but it should be affordable and they'll be getting what we think is a pretty valuable benefit for it."

Another big piece of the Affordable Care Act is the expansion of Medicaid, the government health care system for people with low incomes. Medicaid is administered at the state level. The Affordable Care Act would have required states to expand it, so more people would qualify for coverage. But the Supreme Court ruled that states don't have to expand Medicaid. Some states, such as Florida, are saying they won't. But Holahan tells Julie Grant that New York is also ahead of the game on Medicaid, and it's going to be lucrative.  Go to full article

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