HUNGER

New York city Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito — both Democrats — shook hands on an $85 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year that includes about $30 million to create thousands of permanent and summer jobs for city youth. $23 million will be spent to provide weekend meals to seniors through neighborhood centers and home deliveries, and $7.2 million for Emergency Food Assistance pantries, a 15 percent increase over last year “to address the projected demand.”

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The Number Of Hungry And Homeless Students Rises Along With College Costs

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin surveyed more than 4,000 undergrads at community colleges across the country. The results? Twenty percent of students reported being hungry, 13 percent homeless.
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Cuts to SNAP spell danger

When gas prices ticked up in 2008, the lines at the food pantries he supplies through the Albany-based Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York were out the door. And then came the Great Recession and even longer lines. Now Quandt has his radar on standby for a new thunderhead approaching: Trump administration budget cuts for food stamps amounting to $193 billion over 10 years.

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HEALTH CARE

House GOP leaders have also yet to release the official budget score that details the cost of the plan and how many people could lose insurance, a huge issue for moderates who fear blowback in their swing districts.

House GOP leaders have also yet to release the official budget score that details the cost of the plan and how many people could lose insurance, a huge issue for moderates who fear blowback in their swing districts.
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2017 FEDERAL BUDGET

Trump’s budget plan depends on wholly unrealistic cuts to the rest of government

There would be almost no health care or nutritional support for the poor (Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Massive cuts would have to be made to veterans’ health care, child care, education, college assistance, Head Start, job training, national parks, medical research, legal services, Border Patrol, the FBI, courts, homeland security, housing, transportation — almost all of these programs would have to go.
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 Despite the president’s campaign statements that he will be the protector of federal programs aimed at helping elderly and low-income Americans, there is reason to fear that budget cutters in the administration and the House of Representatives will prevail and the soon-to-be-released fiscal 2018 budget outline will significantly undercut federal programs that help low-income individuals and families.

INCOME EQUITY

Why a Rockefeller, a Disney and other millionaires want a tax hike on themselves

A group of 51 New York millionaires wants lawmakers to raise taxes — on New York millionaires. In a letter addressed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and state legislators, the group — working in conjunction with the left-leaning Fiscal Policy Institute and Responsible Wealth project — called for a permanent tax on the wealthy to replace a temporary one, with the revenue raised going to investments in poverty programs and infrastructure.

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