Assemblywoman Inez Barron attempted to rain on Governor Cuomo’s parade at his annual State of the State address today by distributing flyers blasting his tax plan prior to the speech. The leaflets featured an essay written by Assemblywoman Barron’s husband Councilman Charles Barron, in December describing the tax plan as “Cuomo’s ’3-Card Monte’ Tax Scheme.” “Warning! You better watch Governor Cuomo’s hands as he shuffles this new Tax Scheme of his on the public,” Councilman Barron wrote. “Cuomo played the public like a 3-Card Monte hustle.”
Councilman Barron’s essay identified the Tax Code of 2008 as the governor’s “first card,” the so-called millionaire’s tax as his “second card” and the new tax surcharge set for 2012-2014 as the final “third card.” The essay was accompanied by a chart prepared by the Councilman that purported to show how Governor Cuomo’s tax plan will lower rates for people making above $40,000 per year while maintaining the status quo for those making under that amount. On top of the flyer was a handwritten note that read, “FYI To: Assembly Colleagues From: Assembly Member Inez Barron.”
Mr. Barron challenged Mr. Cuomo in 2010. This year he is running for Congress against incumbent Ed Towns and accusing one of his opponents, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, as being too closely aligned with Gov. Cuomo.
In his essay, Councilman Barron claimed Governor Cuomo vowed to “lead the charge to end the current Tax Surcharge” only after he was confronted by the councilman, Assemblywoman Barron and a group of protesters at the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus’ gala last year.” Councilman Barron said the governor only agreed to end the surcharge because he really wanted to “lower the tax rate on the rich.”
“Cuomo’s Tax Scheme is just like that Trojan Horse. On the outside it looks appealing. On the inside, all the goods promised for programs and jobs will be snatched back in order to balance the budget deficit coming next year,” Councilman Barron wrote. “Remember Cuomo is the king of cutting services and laying off workers. Mark my words!”
Councilman Barron’s essay that appeared on the flyer at the State of the State ended with a call to fight Governor Cuomo.
“We must stop this Governor! The economic pain next year will be unbearable;” Councilman Barron wrote.