The recent protest for a "fair tax" by the more liberal union activists underlines one of the reasons why Rethinking Westchester Government is here.
'Fair Share' tax movement gains momentum: The Journal News
There is little or no momentum (or support) for increased taxation on the one portion of Westchester's suburban economy that (a) has money to spend on consumer goods that keep many local merchants afloat and (b) comprise a broad cross-section of employers througout the Hudson Valley.
"The fair-share coalition is made up of civic groups, unions, nonprofits and those who would be affected by Paterson's budget cuts. It's primarily backed by the Working Families Party, United Federation of Teachers, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, 1199 SEIU and others."
How about cutting spending?
How about freezing salaries of these public employees?
How about defering salary increases?
How about re-negotiating contracts? How about lowering the salaries of middle and upper management within municipal governments?
The "millionaire's tax" is a desperate end run to patch up 40 years of federal, state county and local debt. In my opinion, it's not a solution -- and it cripples the economy by carving off consumer spending at a time when local economies throughout Westchester more desperately need money circulating.
What I found ironic about this story is that it appeared in The Journal News a day after a publicized meeting on an upcoming tax protest that is expected to draw hundreds of residents. Rather than cover that meeting or at least one other group organizing their own protest, The Journal News chose to highlight an isolated protest that is entirely out of touch with the sentiments of its readers.