According to an AP report, a group made of more than 40 millionaires in New York State has written to Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and top lawmakers, calling on them to consider raising taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents to help address poverty and rebuild the failing infrastructure within the state.
The letter indicated that additional revenue is needed to address child poverty, homelessness and ageing bridges, tunnels, waterlines, and roads.
“As New Yorkers who have contributed to and benefited from the economic vibrancy of our state, we have both the ability and the responsibility to pay our fair share,” the letter states. “We can well afford to pay our current taxes, and we can afford to pay even more.”
Those reportedly signing the letter include Abigail Disney, Leo Hindery and Steven C. Rockefeller.
The tax plan, known as the one-percent tax plan, was worked out in conjunction with the Fiscal Policy Institute, a left-leaning economic think tank.
“As a businessman and philanthropist and as a citizen of New York State, I believe we need to invest in our people and our infrastructure,” Hindery, the managing partner of InterMedia Partners, a media industry private equity fund, said in a statement accompanying the letter. “The one-percent tax plan makes it possible to make these investments, and simply asks people like me to continue to pay a higher tax rate, as we should.”
The one-percent plan would create new, higher tax rates for those making US$665,000 or more.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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