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New Jersey to Restore Diverted Displaced Workers FundDocumented

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has announced the restoration of $34 million of leftover funds from the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund, which was recently reallocated following a federal deadline on state spending. The news came hours after Make The Road New Jersey supporters demonstrated outside the statehouse. Only $6 million of the $40 million Covid-19 relief fund had been used as of Dec. 31, and last week the governor’s office announced that remaining resources would be diverted to spending by the state occurred during the pandemic, such as B. Pay slips or other department costs. Advocates protested, saying many workers did not receive money from the fund, and those who were lucky received $2,000 to $4,000 — an insufficient sum to help them. WNYC/Gothamist.

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New report details inadequacy of NJ Excluded Workers Fund

COVID-19 relief aid for disfellowshipped workers in New Jersey pales in comparison to the resources available to unemployed US citizens, says the New Jersey Policy Perspective in a new report. The Excluded New Jerseyans Fund, which awards a maximum of $2,000 to an individual and $4,000 to a household, is insufficient for a month, let alone for the duration of the pandemic, the think tank’s report said. A family budget calculator shows that one adult in Mercer County spends $3,300 per month, while one adult and one child would spend $5,500, and two adults with two children would spend about $7,900. Despite the size of the household, the funding program distributed the same amount. NJPP

Documented Exclusively: The Excluded Workers Fund in New York has been hit by debit card thefts

In case you missed it, Documented recently reported an exclusive story detailing how more than 70 beneficiaries of the Excluded Workers Fund reported having their funds stolen through card skimming, causing one person’s account to take a loss of almost suffered $6,000. Card fraud is on the rise in New York, but immigrant advocates fear EWF recipients have been specifically targeted given the high number of beneficiaries who have had their information stolen. Some people who disputed the unauthorized transactions got their money back while others are still waiting. Our most recent report is an in-depth assessment of what made the unauthorized transactions possible. Read it here.

From the Times Square protest we cover the hawker march for permits

Street vendors, allied community organizations and politicians marched in Times Square on Thursday in support of the immediate passage of law S1175/A5081 that would legalize and decriminalize street vending in New York.

Our reporter Rommel Ojeda spoke to participants in the protest.

Here’s what some of them said:

  • “For far too long street vendors have been harassed, fined and ignored in their direst need by city and state authorities,” said New York City Council Member Carlina Rivera. “They deserve the same resources and protections that are available to any brick-and-mortar business.”
  • “By fixing the broken system, the city and state would also benefit from including these small businesses and entrepreneurs in the tax base,” said Emerita Torres, vice president of policy research and advocacy at the Community Service Society of New York. “Intro 1116 was an important step, but now it’s time to say goodbye to S1175A/A5081A and remove caps on permits and licenses.”

This documentary article provides background on the street vendors’ struggles, and you can see and read more about yesterday’s rally here.

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