Of course congrats to those in western New York who sent the message that people don’t want to balance the budget on the backs of senior citizens. But we have got immediate trouble.
I feel like a TV salesguy, and an obnoxious one at that, but you MUST act now.
You need to call your state Assembly member . Tell the staffer who answers the phone:
- You are a voter and taxpayer
- Tax caps will devastate schools and local communities
- And that you want them to vote NO on Bill A 7916
Then, you need to bug your friends, family, neighbors, and ask them to call too.
This damaging plan would cap taxes at 2% or the rate of inflation (which ever is lower). This irresponsible plan would not provide relief from mandates. This plan would cause tens of thousands of additional layoffs that would further hurt our communities. This plan would rob students of potential because it would force larger class sizes and elimination of student programs and services.
Folks we have got a lot of work to do. The Syracuse Post-Standard reported today:
Lawmakers from Central New York said Tuesday they expected a vote on the tax cap before the legislative session ends June 20. Almost all of them said they could support Silver’s plan.
Call now. If you don’t know the number, here’s a great link to find out just by putting in your address.
If you need some more examples, check out Martin Messner’s comments earlier on this blog or go to this link on NYSUT’s website.
Coincidentally, there’s a rally starting at 5 tomorrow at Muller Plaza in Oneonta. If you are within driving distance, I hope to see you there.