Advocacy groups to hold 'People's State of the State' rally on eve of governor's address

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ALBANY, New York — Following a long-time tradition at the state Capitol, advocacy groups are planning the 25th annual "People's State of the State" rally the day before Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives his address to the Legislature.

The rally at noon Tuesday at the State Street entrance to the Capitol will focus on hunger, poverty and homelessness.

Key issues will include a hike in the welfare grant, a $15 minimum wage, progressive taxes, single-payer health care, rent control, education funding, and job creation.

The advocacy groups will also call for at least $20 million more in funding for emergency food and will respond to Cuomo's recent proposals regarding poverty.

The event's sponsors include Hunger Action Network, Fiscal Policy Institute, Citizen Action, and several religious organizations.

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