How Westchester Compares To Obama's State Of The Union Proposals


Childcare Tax Credit

Proposal: Increase the childcare tax credit to up to $3,000 per child.

Average weekly cost of childcare in Westchester, according to Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.:

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Infants (6 weeks to 18 months): $324 ($16,848 per year)
Toddlers (19 months to 35 months): $297 ($15,444 per year)
Preschoolers (3 to 5 years old): $267 ($13,884 per year)
School age (5 to 12 years old): $250 ($13,00 per year)

Community College

Proposal: Make the first two years of community college free.

The cost of one full-time semester (12 credits or more) at Westchester Community College is $2,140, or $5,280 for a full year. 

Gender Wage Gap

Proposal: “This Congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work. Really. It’s 2015. It’s time.”

According to the National Women’s Law Center, women working full-time and year-round in New York State earn 86 cents for every dollar her male counterparts make ($44,114 median earnings for women; $51,414 for men across all jobs). That’s a considerable gap, even if it’s the second smallest in the nation (behind only the District of Columbia) and above the national average of 78 cents for every dollar.

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Tax Increases on the Wealthy

Proposal: Raise the capital gains tax from 20 percent to 28 percent for couples who earn more $500,000 annually.

According to the Westchester County Department of Planning, the median household income for Westchester residents is $79,585. The median for New York State is $55,233.

Minimum Wage

Proposal: Raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10

New York State’s minimum wage is $8.75. According to MIT’s Living Wage Calculator, the living wage for a single adult in Westchester is $13.05. For an adult with one child, it’s $26.64. For an adult with two children, it’s $34.25.

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