Queens Community House asks YOU to ask your elected officials to Extend PITS!
Our Response to Budget Cuts
When the stakes of letting Wall Street fall were too high, we the taxpayers bailed them out. Lower Manhattan has since bounced back and the companies that gambled with our pensions and our mortgages are once again making a windfall in profits. Meanwhile, the folks on Queens Boulevard are still struggling. Jobs have not rebounded. Rent prices are still astronomical. Foreclosure signs speckle our streets. Classrooms are filled to the brim. Tuitions at public universities have soared. Senior centers have been shuttered.
What's at stake if we let our neighborhoods decline? Children will be left home alone after school instead of learning in a supervised environment. Teens will lose out on the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience through Summer Youth Employment. Immigrants desperate to learn English will be turned away in droves. Families battling eviction will end up in shelters or on the street. Seniors will face isolation and a loss of nutritious affordable lunches at their local senior centers. Is this the kind of society we want?
44% of New York City's wealth is in the hands of the top 1% of income earners and yet they only contribute 1/3 of the tax base. Our representatives in Washington, Albany and City Hall are asking us to sacrifice. But our neighbors have been sacrificing for years, and continue to do so through increased prices, wage freezes, MTA hikes and various user taxes. We believe the wealthiest New Yorkers should pay their fair share through the extension of New York State's Personal Income Tax Surcharge along with the New York City Council's Progressive Caucus's Temporary Income Tax Surcharge. By implementing these modest revenue generating measures, we can begin to reap the dividends of our investment in the financial industries' solvency and keep us from regressing into a society that can't look out for its own members.