***AARP is pushing for passage of the “Work and Save” Plan that would have the state facilitate a private retirement fund for those in the private sector without either a defined pension plan or a 401k plan. AARP says over half of those workers have no access to a retirement savings plan. The plan would be portable so that workers could maintain it if they took a new job.
***Action on approval of Uber and Lyft ride sharing services may be left to localities rather than the State Legislature adopting a statewide bill. Of course, taxi unions are working feverishing against the bill. Other issues include the level of insurance the Uber and Lyft drivers must carry.
***Health care unions and health advocates are still pushing for the safe staffing bill to pass which would require certain levels of staffing in health care facilities. Rallies have been held on the issue during the session.
***The New York State Assembly again approved the single payer NY Health bill on June 1 by a vote of 86-53. There has been no action in the Senate. A measure to enact such a plan is on the ballot in Colorado this fall.
***In May, the New York State Public Service Commission has approved a new low income energy policy that sets a goal of limiting utility costs to 6% of household income. The proceeding had been underway for over a year and included hearings around the state and comments submitted by many organizations. The low income proceeding was a response to the fact that a large number of poor customers were still having their power disconnected because of affordability issues. The 6% burden was calculated using the standard of 30% of housing costs with utilities costs being 20% of that.