One week from now, negotiations over our New York state budget may be over. Rumors abound about what the final deal will include, but one thing is for sure:
Now is the time to speak out and take action on the issues that matter to you and your community.
A budget is a moral document, reflecting the values and priorities of our state. People of faith and our labor and community partners want a budget that values the common good and prioritizes solving the crises of poverty and inequality.
No matter where you are in the state, there are opportunities for you to stand up this week for living wages, fully funded public schools, a strong social safety net, passage of the NYS Dream Act, and fair taxation:
- Join this week's Moral Monday to Raise the Wage in Albany. Our partner groups are bringing workers and advocates from around the state to join us for a Moral Monday and lobby day in support of a $15/hour minimum wage with indexing to inflation.
- On Monday at 4:30 in Binghamton, join the Labor-Religion Coalition of Greater Binghamton for a Moral Monday Vigil for Common Good Values and Priorities, calling for quality education, income equality, fair taxation, hunger prevention, immigrant rights, and workers' rights.
- If you haven't yet, sign the open letter for full and fair public school funding, and share with others in your community, especially faith leaders. The deadline for signatures is Monday.
- Call or email your Assembly representative and Senator. Tell them a budget is a moral document, and that you expect a budget that puts people first. Then emphasize the issue(s) most important to you, whether it's a $15/hour minimum wage, the additional $2.2 billion our schools need, closing corporate tax loopholes and ending tax credits for big business, the NYS Dream Act, or a strong social safety net, including $21 million more to the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program.
- Click here to tell Governor Cuomo, Senate and Assembly leadership, and NY legislators that the NY Dream Act must remain in the final budget.
The budget that is passed will effect all New Yorkers for years to come. Let's do all we can in these last few days to remind our leaders of the values and lives at stake.