Following the Governor’s State of the State speech last week, a number of faith groups in New York have joined together to call for robust policies that further economic justice. Barbara Zaron, one of the RJVNYS co-chairs was quoted in three press releases speaking on behalf of RJV:

Moral Mondays and the #1FairWage Coalition held a press conference (January 5, 2015) to advocate for raising the tipped minimum wage to the current level of $8.75/hr.

“A quarter-million tipped workers in New York were left out of last week’s minimum wage increase – meaning their base wage is still stuck at just $5/hr. That is unfair. At a time when tipped workers in New York are twice as likely as the rest of the workforce to live in poverty, raising their wage is an urgent matter. We call on the Governor to use his authority through the Wage Board process to end the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers now,” said Barbara Zaron, Co-Chair of Reform Jewish Voice of NYS.

Moral Mondays at the Capitol Issues ‘People’s Response to the Governor’s Agenda (January 26, 2015): A coalition of community, faith and labor leaders today issued a “People’s Response” to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newly announced agenda, saying it does not go far enough to address economic inequality in New York State.

“One of the foundational principles of Reform Judaism is ‘tikkun olam’ or ‘healing the world.’ In New York State, there are glaring economic and racial inequalities that call out for healing. We will continue to demand an immediate and meaningful response from our government, including living wages, fair taxation, and full and equitable funding for our public schools,” said Barbara Zaron, Co-Chair, Reform Jewish Voice of New York State.

People’s State of the State rally (January 20, 2015) with Hunger Action Network of NYS, FOCUS Churches, Faith and Hunger Network, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, Fiscal Policy Institute, Interfaith Impact of NYS, NYS Episcopal Policy Network, Citizen Action and NYS Labor-Religion Coalition:

Reform Jewish Voice of New York State (RJV) supports a fair and moral budget for all New Yorkers and an opportunity agenda for those who are struggling to sustain themselves and become self-sufficient said Barbara Zaron, RJV co-chair. The People’s State of the State proposals provide such an agenda. We urge the Governor and Legislature in negotiating the budget for the coming year to incorporate those proposals for reducing poverty, providing funding and other needed resources for public schools, developing affordable housing and living wage jobs the highest priority.

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