On many levels, New York is an affluent state with high median incomes, quality schools, and prosperous corporations, but as the United Way reports, 45 percent of households in NYS cannot afford basic necessities. As evidenced by the United Way of New York’s comprehensive, data-driven ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) report, relying on the federal poverty guidelines is a poor measure – it is clear that while struggling working families may be above the poverty line, they are far from secure.
On May 30th, advocates from the United Way, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, and The Children’s Agenda, among others, joined FPI to for a lobby day to help struggling working families by calling for the expansion of NY’s Earned Income Tax Credit & Empire State Child Tax Credit.
In addition to the advocates, several state legislators who have introduced legislation to address this issue spoke about why we must address our state’s child poverty problem and how their legislation could assist New Yorkers. Speakers includedAssemblymember Félix W. Ortiz, Assistant Speaker of the New York State Assembly; Assemblymember Harry Bronson (A.1055/S.4891); Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee (A.1222/S.4633) and Senator Kevin Parker (S.4891/A.1055).
The use of social media was encouraged to send the message that we can #EndChildPovertyNow with #WorkingFamilyTaxCredits. That message was directed to state leadership including @NYSA_Majority, @NYSenate and @NYGovCuomo
Read the report: Reworking New York State’s Family Tax Credits