Tuesday, November 18, 2008

No Tax Increase Means Less Money?

There's a degree of anxiety about Albany's ability to get us out of this fiscal mess. And rightly so.

To date, no idea trickling out of the state capitol has spared the lesser earners among us.

East River tolls and an MTA fare hike are both sound revenue sources, but they only prop up a system that's wildly mismanaged and underfunded anyway. The Seminal said it right...
Of course, a 28% fare increase —more than a dollar extra for every round trip commute—would effectively (if not officially) be a tax increase. . . except this one would primarily affect the [lower] end of the economic ladder.

It seems like Gov. David Patterson's adamant stance against an income tax increase may only hurt the needier among us. His reasoning seems rather odd...
Mr. Paterson [believes] an income tax increase would do more harm than good by causing people to move out of the state.

Yet maybe a commuter tax hike would motivate out-of-State workers to seek employment out of New York - namely the City?

The math of all of this works out rather simply...
For millionaires, who don’t take the subway all that much—no new taxes; for working class New Yorkers, who do use the subway daily to get to and from work—how does paying an extra $260 per year sound? (That’s per person—if there are kids that use the subways and busses to get to school, multiply accordingly.)

Where's the fairness in that?

1 comment:

Trent Johnson said...

Given that New York City is again trying to level tolls on all entrances in and out of Manhattan which effectively forces people who live in Manhattan or on Long Island to pay tolls to access the mainland of the United States.

In the past, Interpage staff and their families who have worked in New York have been adamantly opposed to what is effectively double taxation. We have put up a few links on our LobbyByFax system to facilitate a constituent response to put pressure on legislators in Albany as well as the New York City Council to express disdain for these proposals.

Anyone who is reading this who feels similarly are encouraged to use this service. It is completely free and we do not use, solicit or in any way do anything with any names or addresses. LobbyByFax will never e-mail you. Your information will be purged after your fax has been sent out.

Should you wish to participate, please select the state of New York from the dropdown menu list of the alert page on LobbyByFax and then select the representatives you wish to communicate with.

Direct link to LobbyByFax alert:
http://www.lobbybyfax.com/lobby/selectstate.asp?alertid=43

Main page of the LobbyByFax service:
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Main page of Interpage:
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List of LobbyByFax alerts and their descriptions:
http://www.interpage.net/sub-lbf-alerts.html

Additionally, for websites which have already established activist systems, Interpage would be willing to consider offering its OutFax/e-mail faxing service to organizations which would utilize it towards anti-road toll advocacy (click to http://www.interpage.net/sub-outfax.html for further details).

Thanks!

Trent
(510) 315-2750
www.interpage.net