Friday, January 04, 2008

People's State of the State

The Hunger Action Network of New York State will hold the annual People’s State of the State Rally at the State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday, January 8 at noon.

The group is pushing for Governor Spitzer to propose the first increase in the welfare basic grant since 1990. The welfare benefit package has fallen to less than 50% of the federal poverty level, with the basic grant coming to only $291 a month for a family of 3.

It is also calling upon state lawmakers to enact a single payer universal health care system, saying it would do the best job of cutting health costs while providing quality health care to all New Yorkers.

Speakers will include Marcia Pappas, President of the NYS National Organization for Women; Ron Deutsch, Director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness; Matt Funiciello, CEO, Rockhill Bakehouse; and Linda O'Brien, President of the NYS Nurses Association.

You can learn more here.