Call / Email Script:

Call / Email 1. (518) 455-2585 / scousins@nysenate.gov

Call / Email 2. (518) 455-3791 / Speaker@nyassembly.gov

Script: Hi, my name is ________ and I am urging Speaker Heastie/Leader Stewart-Cousins  to bring the Fund our Future legislative bill package to the floor for a vote. These bills will raise new revenue by taxing the ultra-wealthy, avoid cutting billions of dollars in our critical social services, and instead invest in the urgent needs of our communities.

Prior to COVID-19, New York State ranked the worst in inequality of any state in the nation with harsh racial disparities in education, healthcare, housing, and jobs. And the pandemic has only made it worse. We can not afford to wait for the Federal Government to act, and we can not afford to cut our way out of this crisis. We need to raise revenue by taxing the ultra-wealthy and fully funding our future.

That’s why I’m calling to urge [Speaker Heastie/Leader Stewart Cousins ] to support and bring the  Fund Our Future legislative package to the floor for a vote. The package includes the Ultra-millionaires Tax, the Billionaires Tax, the Pied-a-terre Tax, the Stock-Transfer Tax, the Stock Buyback Tax, and the Mezzanine Debt Tax. These revenue raisers are critical for us to avoid devastating cuts to social services. Can I count on [the Speaker/the Leader] ] to let their members vote on these bills?

Social Media Scripts:

NY’s future hangs in the balance. We can not cut our way out of this crisis. Call @AndreaSCousins & @CarlHeastie urging them to pass the Fund Our Future revenue package and invest in our communities!

@NYGovCuomo plans to cut billions of $ from education, housing, healthcare, and other public services. Our state legislature must act! @AndreaSCousins @CarlHeastie will you fight for #BudgetJustice and pass the Fund Our Future package of revenue raisers? We can not cut our way out of this crisis!

Background: Prior to COVID-19, New York State ranked the worst in inequality of any state in the nation with harsh racial disparities in education, healthcare, housing, and jobs.

And the pandemic has only made it worse. New York has lost more than 2 million jobs already and State budget cuts will eliminate 250,000 more and decimate the essential services our communities need. Local, municipal governments and nonprofits across the state are already seeing their funding withheld; additional, deeper cuts to K-12 and Higher Education, Healthcare, Housing, and other Public Services are being teed up as the only option to deal with our state’s budget deficit.

Meanwhile, much of the 1% are gaining wealth and income during the pandemic. New York State now has 118 billionaires (up from 112 last year) and during the pandemic, their wealth has increased on average ~10%.

We need our State Legislature to act and we need them to act now; before it’s too late!

List of Demands:

(1) Pass the Fund Our Future legislative package  to avoid +$10 billion dollars in budget cuts. Package includes:

  • Ultra-millionaires Tax (S.8164 / A.10364): Tax increases on those earning above $5 million, $10 million and $100 million per year

  • Billionaires Tax (S.8277 / A.10414): Outlaws unjust tax shelters to make billionaires pay income tax

  • Pied-a-terre Tax (S.44 / AA.4550): Sliding-scale tax on non-primary residences worth over five million dollars

  • Stock Transfer Tax (S.6203 / A.7791): Repeals rebate of .25% state sales tax on stock trades

  • Stock Buyback Tax (S.7629 / A.9748): New .5% sales tax on stock buybacks

  • Mezzanine Debt / Preferred Equity Tax (S.7231 / A.9041): Fee on mezzanine debt and preferred equity financing equal to mortgage recording tax

(2) Invest new revenue into addressing the systemic and accelerating inequities in our K-12 and Higher Education, Healthcare, Housing, and other Public Services as well as solutions to tackle growing crises like Climate Change and our crumbling Democracy.

(3) Pass the Budget Equity Act to amend Article VII of the New York State Constitution to give the legislature equal powers to the governor in the annual budget process. The elected legislature should be accountable for the funding future of our communities.

Related article:  https://nystateofpolitics.com/state-of-politics/new-york/ny-state-of-politics/2020/07/30/legislative-democrats-unite-for-tax-hikes-on-rich

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