Property tax relief and reform

December 12, 2011, Hurleyville. Sullivan County’s Senior Legislative Action Committee (SLAC) hosted a forum on December 12. Speakers included Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, county Treasurer Ira Cohen and Frank Mauro of the Fiscal Policy Institute. The forum was moderated by newly elected Sullivan County Legislator Cora Edwards.

Articles about this event include “SLAC Sponsored Tax Forum Draws Large Crowd” (Catskill Chronicle, December 13) and “Progressive versus regressive and tax exempts; New York State tax policy discussed” (The River Reporter, December 14). Additional photos from this event are posted on Assemblywoman Gunther’s Facebook page.

Testimony on “DREAM Act” Legislation

December 9, 2011. FPI’s David Dyssegaard Kallick was invited to deliver testimony before a joint hearing convened by the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Governmental Operations and Standing Committee on Higher Education. He testified that going to college allows immigrants – even undocumented immigrants – to improve their employment opportunities, thereby boosting their contribution to the economy and to tax revenues. “Their success is also our success,” Kallick noted.

Reforming the New York Tax Code

December 5, 2011. Consistent with Governor Cuomo’s call for a tax system that is fairer and more affordable while helping to put more New Yorkers back to work, this report presents a “top 1%” progressive income tax plan. The plan raises less revenue than the current “millionaires tax,” but enough revenue to avoid job-killing budget cuts, make job-creating investments, and provide middle class tax relief. The proposed progressive bracket structure would apply to taxpayers with incomes above $665,000, the estimated threshold for the top one percent in the current New York economy. Taxpayers with taxable incomes up to $5 million would pay less than they pay now under the temporary surcharges scheduled to expire at the end of 2011.

Fairer taxes, more jobs: Gov. Cuomo needs to look out for the unemployed

December 4, 2011. An op ed by James Parrott and Frank Mauro, New York Daily News. New York is in a state of inequality. But we can balance the budget, provide real middle class tax relief and a boost to job creation, all through sensible income tax reform.

New York’s Unemployment Crisis and Income Polarization: Looking to State Policy for Solutions

December 2, 2011, Manhattan. Slides presented by James Parrott at the Center for Working Families’ 2011 New York policy conference: Good Ideas in Hard and Exciting Times: Policies for New York’s 99%. The last two slides show the overall regressivity of the New York State and New York City tax systems.

New York’s Unemployment Crisis and Income Polarization: Looking to State Policy for Solutions

December 2, 2011. A presentation by James Parrott at the Center for Working Families’ 2011 NYS policy conference: Good Ideas in Hard and Exciting Times: Policies for New York’s 99%. The last two slides show the overall regressivity of the New York State and New York City tax systems.