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new york state

28 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo

End the Sliced Bagel Tax in New York!

Did you know there is a tax on sliced bread?  Yup. New York grabs an extra 8 cents to all "altered bagels." That means every time you get sliced, toasted, with a schmear of your favorite cream cheese or butter you are taxed. Even the classic Bacon, Egg, and Cheese is taxed!  As a born and raised New Yorker, this weird tax bothers me to no end! My ideal Sunday morning starts with a toasted everything bagel, topped with scallion cream cheese and two slices of tomato. If I had to guess, I've eaten over 1,000 bagels in my lifetime.  Why are we being punished for decking out our bagels with the all fixings? "Cut bagels cross the line and become a prepared meal or food sold for on-premises consumption, which is taxable," -Carla Yrjanson, vice president of tax research and content for Thomson Reuters.  This signature breakfast item should be accessibly priced and not taxed. If you agree, support this petition! With wage stagnation, even an 8 cent tax on our beloved staple morning fuel is an affront to working people everywhere. Join me in telling Governor Cuomo to repeal this tax on sliced bagels! We can change this law together. New Yorkers already have one of the highest state and local income taxes in the country. Between income taxes, ordinary sales tax, and hidden implemented taxes in everyday spending, about 50 percent of New Yorkers’ paychecks is collected in taxes. Apple changed their bagel emoji in response to a petition. Bagel lovers: Let's band together again for a tax free bagel Will you sign this petition and change this tax?  Write your reasons for signing + favorite way to eat bagels below: 

Emily Pascual
66 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to D. Billy Jones, Andrew M. Cuomo, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Charles E. Schumer, New York State House, New York State Senate, Elise M. Stefanik, Elizabeth "Betty" Little

Stop double bunking Medium security inmates in NY State Corrections facilities

ProblemNew York State Corrections inmate population has been declining with new sentencing guidelines and the more frequent release of non-violent felony offenders. The remaining inmate population is more violent than we have seen in years.Many medium security facilities in the State cram at least 20 inmates in double bunked cubes in every dorm. These double bunked inmates are forced to share living quarters designed for one man, which often creates animosity amongst the population. The already violent conditions that exist in NY State corrections facilities are even more exacerbated by these conditions.As of 11/29/18, NYSDOCCS has closed numerous dorms in these facilities, leaving open beds, and unused space. These dorms continue to be heated, use electricity and require routine security checks, wasting State resources. Double bunking in Medium security facilities became common place in the late 1980's, due to an overcrowded prison population. As an example, one Northern NY facility which comprised of 14 dorms designed to each hold 50 men, was forced to double bunk every cube, as well as to house 200 double bunked inmates in the gym. New facilities and spaces were created around the State alleviating the over crowding somewhat. However, The State asked DOCCS to continue to "temporarily" keep 10 double bunked cubes in every dorm. This facility had added 14 more dorms, each designed for 50 inmates. With the "temporary agreement" in place, each of the 28 dorms began housing 60 inmates, instead of 50. Each dormitory consists of 50 cubes, recreational space, restroom and shower areas, all designed for 50 men, but now must be used by 60.This "temporary" arrangement still exists today, despite that facility now having 6 dorms, or 300 empty single beds, closed.SolutionNYSDOCCS needs to cease the practice of "double bunking" inmates in all Medium security facilities, and re-open the shuttered dorms.As an example in one Northern NY facility, with 300 open beds, the approx. 160 inmates currently housed in doubled bunked cubes could easily each have their own living space, alleviating the stress and animosity created by having to be cramped with another inmate, who is very often not friendly, in a space designed for one man. Corrections officers and inmates are both subjected to more inhumane and violent conditions due to these double bunked cubes in Medium security facilities. Removing the double bunks would not only ensure a safer environment for Corrections staff and inmates alike, but would ease tension and violence. With less violence in our prison system, Special Housing Unit use would also decrease.Personal storyCorrections officers and inmates are both subjected to more inhumane and violent conditions due to these double bunked cubes in Medium security facilities. Removing the double bunks would not only ensure a safer environment for Corrections staff and inmates alike, but would ease tension and violence. With less violence in our prison system, Special Housing Unit use would also decrease.

Merrill McKee
682 supporters