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Alert – June 2004
1. Corporate Tax Loophole Rally June 9
ES2 Mini-Lobby Day at the Capitol on Thursday June 10th
3. Raise the State Minimum Wage to $7.10 an hour
4. The Faith and Hunger Network Listserv
5. SFSP: Free Meals For Kids All Summer Long!
6. FRAC: Child Nutrition Reauthorization
7. TANF Reauthorization
8. Proposed Legislation to Expand Education and Training for Safety
9. Hunger Action Network Albany Office to Move in July
10. NYC Council Hearing on Proposed Welfare Cuts, Tuesday, June
15 at 1 PM
Bust the Corporate Ghosts – Wed. June 9 rally State Capitol
to Close Corporate Tax Loopholes
work is being done on the budget at the Capitol now that the April
1st budget deadline has passed. In addition to the hundreds of
millions of dollars in cuts proposed for programs such as health
care (Medicaid) and welfare, the state needs to eventually come
up with billions to resolve the lawsuit over inequities in state
funding of education.
Wed. June 9 at noon, there will be a rally at the State Street
entrance to the State Capitol. Like ghostly wisps, many multi-state
and multi-national corporations are drifting through huge tax
loopholes, allowing them to avoid a billion or more in state taxes
each year. The result is that, over the past quarter century,
state corporate income tax collections have shrunk by 60% relative
to the size of the state economy
ES2 Mini-Lobby Day at the Capitol on Thursday June 10th
ES2 campaign will hold a mini-lobby day at the State Capitol on
Thursday June 10th to oppose cuts to welfare and Medicaid; support
a raise in the state minimum wage; and, close corporate tax loopholes.
Please contact us at 518 434-7371 if you would like to attend.
Raise the State Minimum Wage to $7.10 an hour
are needed to Senator Bruno and other State Senators (LOB, Albany
NY 12247) urging them to support S 3291C raising the state minimum
wage to $7.10 an hour. The bill has already passed the State Assembly.
48 out of the 62 State Senators say they support an increase but
Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno has not allowed it to come
up for a vote. Or Call Senator Bruno at 518 455-3191.
the federal level, urge Senators to support (S. 2730) to increase
the federal hourly minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.00 an hour.
The Faith and Hunger Network Listserv
Faith and Hunger Network is a joint effort by HANNYS, Bread for
the World and local faith partners to increase anti-hunger advocacy
among the faith community. Please help circulate the blurb below
to individuals and groups who would be interested in receiving
alerts from the Faith and Hunger Network.
FHN Listserve is for general announcements related to Faith and
Hunger Network in NYS, a joint project of Bread for the World
and Hunger Action Network of NYS, as well as local and regional
faith groups. Announcements would be biweekly and would include
information about local FHN events as well as updates on state,
federal and international hunger and poverty issues that FHN is
working on. To subscribe, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or subscribe yourself at http://mail.hungeractionnys.org/mailman/listinfo/faithhunger_hungeractionnys.org
SFSP: Free Meals For Kids All Summer Long!
Summer Food Service Program provides free nutritious food to children
of all income levels under age eighteen during the summer months.
This program is a vital resource for many New York families and
it can prevent childhood hunger throughout our state. Yet it is
greatly underutilized. To increase participation, please encourage
the children in your area to utilize SFSP! For a list of all open
sites in your community or for a promotional flyer, contact the
Hunger Action Network or the Nutrition Consortium of NYS at 518-436-8757
ext. 16. As of July, you can call the SFSP hotline at 1-800-201-3694
for a list of local sites. You can also increase program participation
by becoming a site sponsor to serve more children. Site sponsors
are reimbursed for the cost of meals and bring federal dollars
into communities. If you are interested in sponsorship, please
contact Hunger Action.
FRAC Congressional Spotlight: Outlook for Child Nutrition and
Among a small number of issues to be worked out prior to Senate
floor action on the Senate Agriculture Committee's child nutrition
reauthorization bill is that of "competitive foods"
(i.e. foods sold in competition with school meals programs). Senator
Tom Harkin (D-IA) is pressing for language that would establish
local school wellness policies (as in the House-passed bill (H.R.
3873)), but also would call for a report with non-binding recommendations
for standards for the sale and consumption of all foods sold at
school to be shared (along with technical assistance and guidance)
with all local school food authorities. During a condensed summer
legislative period the Senate is expected to vote on its child
nutrition reauthorization bill, it also could act on the FY 2005
Budget Resolution Conference Report, a minimum wage measure, and
FY 2005 spending bills. The House may take up a Budget Process
bill (separate from the Budget Resolution Conference Report);
House appropriators are expected to mark up FY 2005 spending bills.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program Reauthorization
action remains uncertain on TANF reauthorization. On any bill,
urge Senators to support Lugar/Leahy anti-hunger amendment (Lugar
Summer Food pilot program expansion, food donation enhancement
bill (S. 85) and grant program for transporting perishable foods
to food rescue organizations); support adequate funding for child
care and other low-income family supports; oppose unrealistic
increased work requirements; oppose "superwaiver" proposals;
ameliorate lifetime benefit ban for drug felons; and support a
minimum wage increase.
Proposed Legislation to Expand Education and Training for Safety
districts may assign households with children to a greater variety
of work activities and count them toward the work requirements
than they can for those Safety Net Assistance (SNA) households
without children. Bills S 7279A / A11273 would allow districts
to assign households without children to the same list of activities
as they currently can for households with children.
Hunger Action Network Albany Office to Move in July
Action’s Albany office is moving into Emmanuel Baptist Church
at the end of June. Volunteers are needed to help with the move.
The new office address will be 275 State St., Albany NY 12210.
Our phone, fax and email will remain the same.
New York City Council Hearing on Proposed Welfare Cuts, Tuesday,
June 15 at 1 PM
The City Council General
Welfare Committee will be holding an oversight hearing at which
HRA Commissioner Verna Eggleston is scheduled to testify regarding
sanctions and fair hearings. The hearing agenda will also deal
with Resolution No. 154, Councilmember Martinez’ resolution
opposing Governor Pataki’s welfare cuts. Hunger Action is
slated to testify to support the Resolution. We urge you to help
us pack the hearing room to show our concern for these important
issues. Contact Vivian Horn, Hunger Action’s Legislative
Organizer, (212) 741-8192, Ext 2# with any questions.