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Medicaid Funding Puts Counties in Pinch

County lawmakers across the North Country are approving steep property tax hikes in next year's budgets, in some places by 10 to 20 percent. They say they need the money to pay for soaring Medicaid costs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

An Energy-Saving Habitat

Habitat for Humanity in St. Lawrence County breaks ground today on a low-cost home in Rensselaer Falls. Thanks to a collaboration with a regional energy efficiency group, the home will use 30% less energy than a conventional one. David Sommerstein reports it could become a model for more low-income housing.  Go to full article

Census: Poverty Increased in New York

An advocacy group for the poor says census data shows poverty has increased in New York. But Governor Pataki's Office of Temporary Welfare Services is disputing those numbers. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Welfare Roles Shrink by Half Since 1995

The number of New Yorkers on welfare declined by more than half since 1995. The Pataki administration says that's a sign that welfare reform works. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Anti-Poverty Groups Ask for More Welfare Money

The Pataki administration is enlisting the aid of some anti-poverty groups to help lobby for more money for welfare programs from Washington. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.  Go to full article

Hidden Homelessness Brought to Light at St. Lawrence University

The voices of homelessness. St. Lawrence University students hear the stories of those who live in poverty and on the streets--it's not just a big city problem. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Pataki's College Aid Plan Draws Fire

At a legislative hearing there was more criticism of Governor Pataki's plan to withhold some tuition aid from needy college students until after they graduate. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Food Pantry Use Increasing

Studies done in New York City and Albany by advocates for the poor, show that more people are using food pantries since September 11. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Welfare Reform Voucher System Proves Problematic

When welfare reform was first begun in New York and the nation five years ago, Governor Pataki said that after the five-year time limit was up, New Yorkers still on welfare would not get any more cash benefits, only vouchers. But three months after some recipients time limits have expired, cash is still being distributed to them.  Go to full article

Commentary: Poverty Feeds Terrorism

In the days since September 11, observers and government officials have found two primary reasons for the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon--misguided religious zealotry and hatred of freedom. Commentator Paul Willcott, who has lived in Baghdad, Teheran and Amman wants another matter to be included in the list of causes.  Go to full article

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