A number of articles have appeared in the past few weeks and months, written by various advocacy groups on the ‘Heat and Eat’ issue. Together, they provide a compelling story about new, threatened safety net cuts for New Jersey families. Selected articles are:
- Overburdened NJ Food Pantries Challenged To Feed More Hungry Clients by Hank Kalet, July 7, 2014
- NJFA Supports Heat and Eat from the New Jersey Foundation for Aging, June 27, 2014
- Heat & Eat Legislation Passed with Bi-Partisan Support, from the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey, June 26, 2014
- Four Reasons New Jersey Should Maintain its ‘Heat and Eat’ Program Times of Trenton Op-Ed by Raymond Castro, May 26, 2014
- Heat and Eat: State Responses to the Changed Federal Law, Food Research and Action Center, March 21, 2014
- How to Avoid Food Stamp Cuts to 160,000 New Jersey Households NJ Spotlight Op-Ed by Raymond Castro, March 12, 2014
The bill now awaits action by Governor Christie.
“From the end of World War II until 1973, we saw an expanding middle class, with people’s incomes going up. Since that point, and especially since the Wall Street–driven financial crisis, you’ve seen a real collapse. Since 1999 median family income has gone down $5,000. Real unemployment, counting people who have given up looking for work or who are working part-time when they want to work full-time, is more than 14 percent.”
These are comments made by Senator Bernie Sanders (I – VT) in an interview with Playboy. Read more about him. He speaks the truth, in a manner unlike others in Washington.
Read more here: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/must-read/playboy-interview-bernie-sanders.
The full interview by Jonathan Tasini appears in a Playboy interview.
There is also a short issue paper written by Ray Castro of New Jersey Policy Perspective last month that complements what Senator Sanders says in his interview. The NJPP article is titled Three Years Into Recover
y, Most New Jerseyans Still Left Behind. The middle class and the working poor are both in danger, in New Jersey and throughout the United States. Read this article and then ask our elected officials their plans for restoring the middle class.