Andrew Cuomo, high priest of austerity
"The top 1% of New Yorkers have seen their share of state income grow from 10% in 1980 to 35% in 2007," Parrott said. Meanwhile, income share has declined for the poor and stagnated for the middle class.
The rest of us know that instinctively.
That's why a recent Siena poll shows a majority of state residents [73%] favor keeping the millionaire's tax. If Cuomo and the Legislature do away with it, most New Yorkers - whether they make $40,000 or $40 million annually - will pay the same flat income tax rate of 6.85%.
President Obama and Congress have given the rich a windfall by extending the Bush-era federal tax cuts. Now Cuomo wants another tax break for our local millionaires on top of that.
Meanwhile, the governor rails against record budget deficits and asks the public and government workers to sacrifice.
Anybody who still thinks the Ds care about what the electorate thinks is a fool, a dupe, an enabler, or paid. Of course, these options aren't mutually exclusive.