Dozens of faith, labor and community members gathered for Moral Monday on February 10th at the Capital, praying that the Governor and legislators might be moved to pass a moral budget. Faith leaders expressed their concerns over the immorality of a budget that cuts taxes for the rich at a time when education, services and the social safety net are being cut for everyone else. (Watch a video here)
The current Executive budget would make New York's worst-in-the nation income inequality even worse. The core of the budget proposal is more than $2 billion in new tax cuts that are overwhelmingly targeted to the wealthy and big corporations. This includes a billion dollars a year in tax breaks that will ONLY go to millionaires, billionaires and Wall Street: a $750M/year reduction in inheritance taxes, and a $350M tax break from elimination of New York's dedicated Bank Tax.
Governor Cuomo's proposed tax cuts would be financed by more austerity cuts to essential public services, including schools, higher education, local government services and the social safety net. For more information:
Throughout the month of March, clergy, community, and labor allies will come together to faithfully advocate for a moral budget. We'll hold vigils throughout the state:
-March 10th: Albany, Binghamton and NYC
-March 31st: Albany and NYC
Can't make it to an in-person Moral Monday event? Support the campaign for a moral budget by signing this letter (by clicking here).
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