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Nearly three-quarters of New York voters say they want an income tax surcharge on the state’s wealthiest residents, according to a new Siena Poll out today.

“Voters give a resounding yes, 72-26 percent, to increasing taxes on New Yorkers earning more than one million dollars a year,” said Siena spokesman Steven Greenberg. “And they do so after being told that supporters – including many Assembly Democrats – say it will raise enough money from those who can most afford it to offset additional education and health care cuts, and opponents – including Cuomo and Senate Republicans – say it will make New York less attractive to business, putting new and existing jobs at risk. In March, and without the arguments in support and opposition, voters supported the millionaire‟s tax 71-27 percent.”

The current tax hits married couples earning more than $300,000, and singles earning more than $200,000. It is slated to expire on Dec. 31 and Senate Republicans have vowed to block its renewal.  Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos told TALK-1300 AM that he had Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s assurance that the surcharge would be allowed to die.

While New York's current tax surchage is nominally a local issue, it's one with national resonance. Poll after poll after poll shows extremely high support for raising taxes on the wealthiest. Andrew Cuomo probably figures he's too popular and too powerful to pay much of a price for letting this tax expire, but Democratic politicians elsewhere would do well to heed the message that their constituents keep trying to tell them: It's time to make the wealthy pay their fair share.

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  •  don't you realize how expensive it is to be rich? (4+ / 0-)
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    ZedMont, nonnie9999, timewarp, vincentfox

    just paying for supplies to be air lifted weekly to your private Caribbean island costs more than most people spend on their mortgage.   and that is PER island.  

    the grass is ALWAYS greener.  tsk tsk.

    Rage at the Washing Machine

    by Anton Bursch on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 06:36:21 PM PDT

    •  what about the hos? (0+ / 0-)

      And paying for all that concaine for snorting and those adult "services". They have it really though.

    •  This is old hat (1+ / 0-)
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      There are two ideas of government. There are those who believe that if you just legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, that their prosperity will leak through on those below.  The Democratic idea has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous their prosperity will find its way up and through every class that rests upon it.
      William Jennings Bryan 1896.  Not much has changed since then, except I question the Democrats' current commitment to "legislate to make the masses prosperous."

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 06:45:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Not to mention... (5+ / 0-)
    Andrew Cuomo probably figures he's too popular and too powerful to pay much of a price for letting this tax expire

    ...he's an asshole.

    "Nonsense!" said Alice, very loudly and decidedly, and the Queen was silent.

    by RIposte on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 06:41:18 PM PDT

  •  It's actually multimillionaires: (6+ / 0-)

    Here's how Obama should explain the surtax:

    The Republicans are all upset over raising taxes 5% on millionaires.  Well, let's take a look at that and see what it means.

    There will be no tax increase on millionaires.  We're spottin' ya the first million.  No tax increase on that one.  It's only the income OVER a million that is subject to the surcharge.

    Now, get this.  You get to keep your Bush tax cut for a million dollars, and for every dollar you earn over a million?  You pay another nickel.

    A damned nickel.  The Republicans would rather let multimillionaires keep their extra nickel, rather than invest in jobs for people who don't have a nickel.

    Nice folks, these multimillionaire-lovin' Republicans.

    The community of fools might be small were it not such an accomplished proselytizer.

    by ZedMont on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 06:43:04 PM PDT

  •  Nobody pays a price (3+ / 0-)
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    for failing to heed opinion polls unless someone mobilizes public opinion against them.

    That said, such large majorities in favor of something that could barely get a hearing in the media, that is contrary to our discourse, suggests this issue is  a great opportunity for anyone who does want to mobilize New Yorkers.

    Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.

    by David Kaib on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 06:43:47 PM PDT

  •  Why? (0+ / 0-)

    Exactly why should Democrats elsewhere take heed? It's not as if they are being held accountable anyplace now.

  •  clearly... (1+ / 0-)
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    they aren't the 53%...

    larger version

    I didn't get Jack from Abramoff...I'm not a Republican!

    by nonnie9999 on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 06:47:10 PM PDT

  •  Big Omission from this is that in NYC (2+ / 0-)
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    timewarp, Odysseus

    working poor and middle class pay a shitload in income tax.

    Pareto Principle: 20% of the people do 80% of the work.

    by jeff in nyc on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 06:47:39 PM PDT

  •  It is time for Democrats, (4+ / 0-)
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    nonnie9999, ChadmanFL, xaxnar, Odysseus

    the elected ones and the Party Establishment, at National, State and local levels to decide which side they are on.

    It is either the People, or it is the Wealthy. The choice is that stark.

    Money and support go ONLY to those Democrats who choose correctly, and that means NO support for the National Organs of the Party until they can enforce Party discipline.

    Time for the Democrats to stand before the People and be counted.

    "Mr. Obama needs to put forward a comprehensive plan and fight for it. If he loses to obstructionist Republicans, Americans will know who is to blame."---NYT

    by claude on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 06:55:19 PM PDT

  •  We live in the midst of them (2+ / 0-)
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    and find ourselves flabbergasted at their arrogance and sense of entitlement on an almost daily basis.  

  •  Why doesn't raising taxes on the wealthy (2+ / 0-)
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    make sense to Republicans?

    As Robert Reich says, it has nothing to do with care for the poor, our infrastructure, etc.  No, no, no.  

    The Hard-Right's main concern is that the revenue will give the government the ability to enact and enforce the regulation of business.  It's the Grover-Norquist argument (drown/bathtub) that reigns supreme: Destroy the power of the federal government and revenue is its life-blood.

    So let the bridges fall, the poor succumb to poverty and the unrepresented remain so.  Business needs its freedom (via unfettered financial power) to go unchallenged.  It's what's best for America.

    Of course, they fail to play it out from this point and they never reach the point where we come together as a country.

    I used to be Snow White...but I drifted.

    by john07801 on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 07:00:10 PM PDT

    •  Three words: Interstate Highway System (1+ / 0-)
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      It turned America from a bunch of local communities into a highly developed, interconnected nation.  It also created immense wealth.  And it was "big bad government" that created it, not private enterprise.  Without it the 1% wouldn't be anywhere near as wealthy as they are.

  •  It's madness. (6+ / 0-)

    Albany cut youth homeless services funding by 50%.

    And Cuomo and these same leaders are championing tax cuts for millionaires.

    They are cutting headstart and daycare, education, eldercare, HIV meds and prevention and education funding, the list goes on.  

    No one believes the rich would leave NY. It's absurd.

    At this point, far more people have now been arrested for protesting Wall Street's mortgage fraud crimes than have been for committing and presiding over them.

    by Scott Wooledge on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 07:00:41 PM PDT

  •  Cue the... (1+ / 0-)
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    New York's Out of touch apologia.  Along with an attempt to bring back the bullshit "Flyover Country" meme.

    I hate knowing how the RW thinks...

    http: My little wiseass review show.

    by detroitmechworks on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 07:01:09 PM PDT

  •  Even overwhelmingly Dem legislatures are worthless (1+ / 0-)
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    How much progressive legislation actually comes out of states like New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Hawaii, etc?  Little to none.  Some of those deep blue states have legislatures that are over 85% Dems in composition, and yet even the most common sense progressive bills get nowhere.  

    This is one reason I'm glad the OWS movement is focusing on progressive policies rather than merely electing more Democrats.  Elected Democrats have failed the 99% time and time again, even in deep blue states.  The entire elected bodies from the local to federal level need to be shaken up.  Sooner or later the Democratic office-holders need to make their decision - with the 99% or with the 1%.  If they're with the 1% they must go.

  •  Cuomo has his Achilles heel (3+ / 0-)
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    He is a Democrat.  He has ambitions, like Obama to reach for the top job.

    To let the top tax on millionaires expire is his signal to the biggest donors that he is on their side. Even if he is not a made man yet, one of the 1%, he will take care of them. Showing he defies 71% of New Yorkers to pleasure and stroke the 1% by not extending the tax. -    

    That tax is a completely legitimate way of sustaining a program that taxes the ones best able to afford it and carry a fair burden that holds onto many needed services for ordinary NY'ers It was passed before the current tax cut mania created hardships.

    The gift to the wealthiest is a favor he expects to call back in from them when he shoots for the Presidency,

    Unlike some former Governors of NY, this one hasn't lead in anything but spreading the misery around the 99% to spare the 1%.

         The calculation is he feels this won't matter in the least when the Presidential primaries and general beauty contests start. Not a problem as long as he is in tight with his biggest donors.

    We already see what his price is for selling out New Yorkers.

    Just think what else he will sell out and do away with if he ever got that top job.

    That stand, that "Fu@& You!" to all of the kids, the hurting, the disabled and the elderly is a warning sign of worse  to come from him in the future.

    If you think that you and a bunch of other people can just show up on Wall St, camp out and have any effect whatsoever, you're dreaming. *YUP!* h/t Hamden Rice

    by BeeDeeS on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 07:20:27 PM PDT

  •  Tax them extra to pay for specific programs (0+ / 0-)

    like the POTUS and the Senate Dems are trying to do.  They will get less sympathy that way if the program is a popular one.

  •  Expiration of the NYS Millionaires Tax.... (3+ / 0-)
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    is Only Half of the Story.

    While Cuomo is siding with Republicans in the State on allowing the surtax on millionaires to expire, he is also asking unionized public workers to accept no raise contracts complete with give backs in the form of unpaid furloughs and higher health insurance costs.

    One union (CSEA) has already accepted the Governor's crappy contract in response to Cuomo's threat to layoff state workers.  The second major union (PEF) is now under Cuomo's layoff threat unless they vote to accept the contract.

    So while Cuomo is telling millionaires that they will be sacrificing less, he is asking middle class state workers to sacrifice more, in order to avoid a State budget deficit.  Totally backwards from OWS and from what President Obama is advocating.

    For me, as one of those State workers, I would be glad to make contract sacrifices, but not if this State's Wall Street millionaires are not being asked to sacrifice at all!

    "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

    by Doctor Who on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 07:33:13 PM PDT

  •  Governor Cuomo, Capitalist Lackey (3+ / 0-)
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    Whatever liberal kudos Andrew Cuomo earned for pushing same sex marriage through the dysfunctional state legislature should be tempered with the observation he's prepared to fire several thousand state workers if they don't agree to accept cuts in their benefits, unpaid furloughs, etc. to generate 'savings' - but he's all for letting a surtax on upper incomes expire that would more than make up for the concessions he's demanding. He's standing firmly with Republicans by going after a unionized work force trying to hang on to a middle class life style, while letting the people who blew up the economy off the hook.

    It's somewhat ironic that it doesn't matter if you're gay or straight in New York now; if you're a state worker you're getting screwed regardless.

    One union, CSEA, has settled their contract some time back. PEF rejected the first one (diaried here) A modified contract is being rushed out to the members today and layoffs are on hold till a new vote can be taken. Have they put enough mustard on this shit sandwich to get the union members to swallow it? We'll see.

    Meanwhile, Occupy Albany is out there and getting some attention. Think Cuomo will get the message any time soon? Who cares what we think?

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 08:01:33 PM PDT

  •  Does New York have an initiative process? (0+ / 0-)

    If so, that would be the best route for the 71% supporting the soon-to-expire tax to surmount their corrupted political establishment and enact the policy the people clearly say they want.

  •  Perhaps someone should tell Andy (0+ / 0-)

    Because he's just not listening.

    Burn it the fuck down!

    by Lavocat on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 10:10:21 PM PDT

  •  if he doesnt extend the Tax on high end incomes (0+ / 0-)

    he will be making it nicer for millionaires but everyone will be unable to afford living in NY.

    Middle and lower income NYers already cannot afford Manhattan and it is becoming increasingly difficult to afford Bklyn and Qns.  

    By catering to the top income so they do not leave NY Gov Cuomo may well be pushing everyone else out.

    and this is exactly what many people who flooded times square on Saturday are so damn angry about!

    "Orwell was an optimist"

    by KnotIookin on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 01:38:50 PM PDT

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