Heads-up on two pieces coming tomorrow during the 8 O’clock Hour.
Brian Mann and I continue our conversation about how Canada’s border communities have fared — better — than their counterparts here south of the line. Brian’s been on the road this week, from Kingston to Toronto, and eventually down to Detroit, reporting for us and for WBEZ in Chicago.
Tomorrow, it’s the strength of public sector employment in Canada.
Governments large and small in New York have cut thousands of jobs, including teachers, conservation officers, corrections workers and health providers. Brian’s found that stable government employment north of the border has helped prevent the kind of high jobless numbers we’ve seen in the North Country and New York as a whole.
And in Albany, Karen DeWitt has the labor-backed Fiscal Policy Institute’s report on how New York has fared during the economic downturn. Here’s the opening line of the executive summary:
As the unemployment crisis continues more than two years following the official end of the Great Recession of 2008-2009, New York families have smaller incomes and face fewer opportunities.
The report is filled with grim numbers. Further down:
An indication of greater hardship among New Yorkers is that 1.2 million more people are receiving food stamps than before the recession. Growth in food stamp recipiency has been similar across the state, 63 percent in New York City and 68 percent outside the city.
Since the recession began, the number of New Yorkers without health insurance has risen by 550,000 to 2.9 million. The percent without health insurance coverage—public or private—has increased much faster in New York than in the nation as a whole. The steep falloff of 500,000 in those covered by private employer-provided health insurance largely accounts for this.
Karen’s sorting through the report and how it relates to public policy in the state.