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Governor Cuomo is pushing for an overhaul of the state tax code that he claims will “fairer distribution of the tax burden.” Senator Ruben Diaz, who is a member of the State Senate Finance Committee, told the Observer he doesn’t know the specifics of Governor Cuomo’s proposal yet, but no matter what, he won’t support any plan that doesn’t include a higher tax rate for wealthy New Yorkers. “He cannot have his cake and eat it too. He’s either for taxes for the millionaires or he’s against it,” Senator Diaz said.
With the holiday season approaching and the weather taking a turn for the worse, a group of activists and politicians led by Bronx/Westchester state senator Jeffrey Klein rallied today for more foreclosure counseling and legal aid funding in next year’s budget.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared on “The Capital Pressroom” this afternoon and he was pressed repeatedly by host Susan Arbetter about the extension of the so-called “Millionaire’s Tax.”
Mr. Cuomo has resisted the idea, and Ms. Arbetter asked him if there were ways to make the tax code more fair.
“There is no doubt—and I’ve talked about this–that fairness is what this is really all this is about,” Gov. Cuomo said, and the host quickly cut him off and suggested that keeping taxes high on upper income earners–she suggested even keeping the high rate for only those who earn $1 million or more–was a way to make taxes more fair.
They may not be able to count up to 99, but the children who picketed outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Midtown office today were chanting “We are the 99 percent!” Approximately 300 protesters–-a good hundred of whom were between 5 and 10 years old–delivered the governor pro-”Millionaire’s Tax” petitions with several thousand signatures from New Yorkers attending Occupy Wall Street.
Occupy Wall Street protesters plan to march from Zuccotti Park to Governor Cuomo’s office in midtown to protest his opposition to the so-called “Millionaire’s Tax,” but the Governor won’t be on hand for the protest.
A new Quinnipiac poll found that New York voters largely agree with the Occupy Wall Street protesters. New York Republicans, however, do not support the movement. The poll also found New York voters support the so-called “millionaire’s tax” and are divided on natural gas drilling.
For New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, standing up for his richest constituents is a matter of life and death.
Governor Cuomo revealed how he feels about the so-called “millionaire’s tax” when he compared his opposition to the popular tax to his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, battling the death penalty at a press conference in Albany this afternoon.