Create a new state with Long Island and New York City!
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For the years 2002-2004, Long Island paid 8.124 billion dollars in state taxes yet
only 5.2 billion dollars was returned in direct local aid, tuition
assistance, highway aid, pension payments, lottery money, metropolitan
transportation authority subsidies and Medicaid payments. If Long Island became it's own state then all state taxes would benefit Long Island and its citizens. As a whole, Long Islanders have gained their own identity over the years thus making the fight to make it its own state even stronger. If we become our own, not only will everyone personally benefit from reduced taxes, but school districts, transportation, and public projects will emerge. We would be justly represented in government as our population is larger than some states at the moment. This argument has been going on for years, and in 1896 legislation was passed in order to make Long Island it's own state, but no action was ever performed. We were so close, and now it's time for Long Island to escape the financial constraints the rest of New York has put on us.
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