NY is home to 10,000 street vendors, the majority of whom are immigrants. The job for these workers is inherently tough. But the web of rules regulating the industry makes it even more difficult to get ahead.
In March, NY adopted a budget where a $10 billion budget shortfall was closed by cuts in education, health, and human services. These cuts will have profoundly negative effects on NY's most vulnerable citizens.
New Yorkers with a high school diploma or a GED lost jobs at half the rate of those who did not have them. At a time when unemployment hovers at 9.1 percent in NYC, a GED becomes crucial to finding and retaining a job.
Across the country, we've seen that when Walmart sets up shop in poor neighborhoods, they do more harm than good. Nationally, when Walmart enters a new market, it kills three jobs for every two jobs it "creates."
Without regular increases to the minimum wage, the number of "working poor" is rising again. New data released last month adds more evidence that higher wage levels do not force employers to lay off workers.
A Responsible Banking Act would require banks that want to make money by holding on to our city's cash to put forward a new generation of strategic plans for meeting the credit needs of New York's communities.
With all the emphasis on economics, something terribly important was lost during the sick leave debate: is it fair to deny over one million working New Yorkers the right to take off of work to recover from illness?