Still a Better Choice!
is an alternative to reducing funding for education, health care
and human services… and
it’s NOT bigger tax shifts to local property and sales taxes.
grow New York’s economy we need to invest in New Yorkers.
Good jobs require educated New Yorkers, safe communities, affordable
health care and reliable transportation. We can’t grow jobs
in New York if we abandon New York’s families.
in education, health care and human services hurt all of us.
When the State cuts funding for children, seniors, families and
the environment, real people are hurt. Education, health and human
services are essential for our families and communities to thrive.
of hiking local property and sales taxes we need a state tax system
that’s fair to working families.
When Albany cuts the state budget, local property and sales taxes
soar. Cuts in state spending on schools, health care and services
are shifted to local taxpayers who can least afford it. Meanwhile,
large corporations and high-priced consultants receive special
treatment and have used their political connections to win huge
tax loopholes and pricey-private contracts.
Fair Budget Should Invest in New York Families. With New York facing
a $5 billion budget shortfall, it’s time for the Governor
and Legislature to close the loopholes and end the special treatment
of the favored few:
loopholes that allow multi-national corporations to avoid state
taxes by hiding income and shipping profits out of New York –
savings $1 billion.
Stop sweetheart deals to private consultants that are being overpaid
to do the jobs state workers can do better – savings $250
Lower drug prices for state and local governments by using New
York’s purchasing power to force lower prescription drug
prices- savings $1 billion.
End the abuse of the Empire Zones and other economic development
programs that don’t create jobs - savings $ 250 million.
Give back the Nickels. Make the beverage bottling industry return
unclaimed bottle deposits – generating $179 million.
Make polluters pay for Governor Pataki’s plan to cap greenhouse
gas emissions – generating up to $500 million.
the tax shift to local taxpayers. Stop the cuts that hurt us all.
There’s Still a Better Choice!
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