Over the last few years, public school budgets in New York City have been cut at least four times – and our children are suffering. The results have been sharp increases in class size, and the loss of many valuable afterschool, arts and tutoring programs. In the early grades, classes are now larger than they have been in more than a decade.
Governor Cuomo has proposed to cut education by $1.5 billion next year, on top of last year’s cuts of $1.4 billion, which would amount to the largest education cuts in state history. More than half a billion dollars would be slashed from NYC schools. In response, Mayor Bloomberg has proposed eliminating over 6,000 teaching positions, which would likely further increase class sizes to levels not seen in a generation.
Please sign this petition to the Governor, the State Legislature, the Mayor, the Chancellor, and Speaker Quinn, protesting these devastating cuts, and proposing a simple alternative: that the surtax on NY households making over $300,000 per year should not be allowed to lapse. This one single measure would yield approximately $5 billion in revenue next year. We are also urging that an additional city tax surcharge be imposed on millionaires, to ensure that no other critical social services be eliminated .
Our wealthiest New Yorkers can afford to pay more and should be required to contribute their fair share.
The Governor has proposed to cut education by $1.5 billion statewide, on top of last year’s cuts of $1.4 billion. More than half a billion dollars would be slashed from NYC schools. The cuts would amount to the largest in state history. Mayor Bloomberg has proposed eliminating over 6,000 teaching positions, which would likely increase class sizes to levels not seen in a generation or more.
These education cuts are opposed by 60% of NY voters. In order to protect our children from more educational damage, we urge you to adopt the following measures:
• The state income tax surcharge on the wealthiest New Yorkers should not be allowed to lapse. Even after keeping the surcharge, the wealthiest one percent of households would still pay a smaller share of their income in state and local taxes than other New Yorkers. Retaining the surcharge on individuals making more than $200,000 and households over $300,000 annually would yield an extra $1 billion in state revenues this year, and an extra $5 billion next year – and prevent the need for any more cuts to public schools.
• We also urge you to impose an additional NYC tax surcharge on households earning over $1 million a year. Over the past thirty years, the top state income tax rate has been cut in half, and the income distribution in New York State and NYC is now the most unequal in the nation.
Clearly, millionaires can afford to pay their fair share, so that no further damage is done to our children’s futures.