Watch directly on you tube: http://youtu.be/NCCQ-qzqyq0
Read the full excellent Sunday NY Times Nov. 13 piece by Gina Bellafonte exceprts of which I used in the video.
Also read Children March on Governor Cuomo’s Office
By Max Seddon 11/08 8:21pm
- Adam GrumbachI'm pleased by the mostly straight up reporting here -- best coverage I've seen of the event.
One not so minor complaint, however -- the millionaires tax in its current form is dead. No one is proposing to continue it as is, with a surcharge on those making $200k (or $300 if filing jointly). The tax that has been proposed by Sheldon Silver, and thus the only one anyone is urging on Cuomo, is a true "millionaires" tax in that it would levy the surcharge only on those making more than $1 million. It seems like an important distinction. In other words, it would only affect the top .2%.
In other words to report that "Governor Cuomo has remained steadfastly opposed to extending the tax, which affects New Yorkers who make over $200,000 a year," is misleading, since it implies that the extension affects the same group of New Yorkers, which it does not.
As great as it is to support independent films like this one, given the current circumstance in the state and city — and the number of mothers hauling rolls of Bounty to school from Costco — it seems a particular lunacy that we keep enriching a glamour industry without at the very least conducting the most rigorous and thoughtful kinds of cost-benefit analyses.
This weekend I’m going to make a protest sign: “Play-Doh first, ‘Gossip Girl’ later.”
As Schools Sacrifice, TV Shows Flourishthe potential extinguishing of the so-called millionaires’ tax. With $1.4 billion for schools cut from the state budget last year, these parents wondered why the governor was so committed to helping the well-off become even better positioned. “Millionaire rhymes with fair and share,” one placard announced.
At no point during this vigorous protest season has the presence of white-shirted police lieutenants seemed more absurd than at a gathering where a young child carried a sign reading: “Don’t take away my music class.”
Parents in New York City, including those at Arts and Letters, a school in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, are now routinely depended upon to supply classrooms with paper towels, tissues, crayons, cleaning products and so on. Increasingly and inconceivably in the city’s public schools, volunteerism is expected to keep the system upright. As one father proclaimed to the crowd, boiling the issue down to its essence: “You can’t sell $1.4 billion worth of cupcakes.”
From August of last year through the end of 2014, as it happens, the state will have given away considerably more than that — $2.1 billion — in the form of another dubious tax advantage: the $420 million a year in subsidies it provides the film and television industry to keep production from going elsewhere. Film tax credits came into vogue in the early aughts to compete with financial incentives offered by Canada. Forty states deployed them last year; New York accounted for about a quarter of the money spent across the country. More recently, several states have ended their programs or suspended financing.
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