New York State has the worst income inequality in the nation - a broader divide between the rich and the poor than anywhere else. We suffer unprecedented levels of homelessness and hunger throughout our state. In our largest cities, half of the children live in poverty. We can't accept these levels of poverty and inequality - it's ethically wrong, it's hurting our economy and it demands action for progress and change. We urge you to evaluate this year's budget proposals through the lens of income inequality. And we urge you to eliminate proposals that make inequality worse, and boost those that ameliorate the crisis and broaden prosperity.