The Sunday NYTimes drops yet another editorial lambasting Governor Andy’s almost pathological need to steal money from our kid’s classrooms while giving a tax break to people lucky enough to earn $200,000/yr.
Here’s the link, if you’re into that sort of thing… The money quote from the Times rightly calls the man out for thinking that “some special interests are more special than others.” Now, we’re all adults here. We understand that running a government is about choices, and that not everyone’s gonna be happy with the decisions you make. HOWEVER, when the decision is between asking NY’s many very well off citizens to shoulder their fair share of the tax bill or gutting our kid’s future, we really wonder if Governor Cuomo’s forgotten who elected him, and why.
More from the article:
The high-earner surcharge, which is set to expire at the end of this calendar year, currently applies to individuals with taxable income above $200,000 or married couples above $300,000 — the top 2.8 percent of New York taxpayers. (Note that “taxable income” is total income minus exemptions, deductions and other tax breaks, so the gross pay of New Yorkers affected by the surcharge is much higher than the stated threshold.)
Yeah, these are the people most at-risk in this current budget battle.
So, what can you do about it? Glad you asked… NYCC’s been at the forefront of this battle, along with our partners the Alliance for Quality Education and the New York Charter Parents Organization. We’ve held rallies in Albany, rallies in Brooklyn, and we’ve got another one coming up next Sunday, March 27th @ 1:00PM.
Here’s the Plan: The legislature votes on April 1st (yes, April Fools’ Day) on the Governor’s Budget. We’re gathering our people from all across NYC’s 5 boroughs, and meeting on the steps of NYC’s City Hall. We need to get loud and proud, and have as many friends and neighbors with us as possible: We need to make sure they hear us all the way up in Albany!