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What Pedro Espada Jr. Teaches About Fair Elections

April 5, 2012


Former State Senator Espada is on trial for stealing Medicaid funds. But that wasn’t his only pot of cash. He also benefited from nearly unrestricted campaign contributions.

In 2009 and 2010 alone, Espada—then chair of the …

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April 5th, 2012

Holes are for Swiss cheese, not corporate tax laws


New York’s corporate tax structure is looking a lot like Swiss cheese these days. Unfortunately the holes are getting bigger.

In fact, general business corporations have gone from carrying 9.6 percent of New York State’s tax load in the 1970s to a piddling 4.3 percent last year.

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January 12th, 2012


Five Goals for 2012

1) Reduce big money’s influence in politics. Governor Cuomo pledged to push for a system of public financing of elections in his State of the State address. We and our allies are organizing to help make it happen.

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January 6th, 2012

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Where are the millionaires?

How many New Yorkers actually pay the state’s millionaires tax?

We analyzed the latest New York State Department of Taxation and Finance data and found:

•  Only one in 38 state income-tax filers are subject to the high-income surcharge.…

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November 19th, 2011

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Where’s the morality?

November 10, 2011


Where’s the morality in cutting services for the vast majority while lowering taxes for the rich?

That’s what New Yorkers like Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez are asking.

Our research shows that, in 2008, less than …

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November 10th, 2011

What’s the cost of a millionaires tax cut?

Why do so many New Yorkers support the millionaires tax?

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October 12th, 2011

Troubled Bridges Over Troubled Waters

September 14, 2011


New York’s economy isn’t the only thing that’s shaky: a new report shows that our state is home to at least 2,108 structurally deficient bridges.

The Southern Tier counties – still experiencing major flooding that has …

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September 14th, 2011

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In our backyard

July 14, 2011


Memphis, 1968

Black sanitation workers struck for fair wages, decent conditions and an end to workplace discrimination. They struck to unionize.

They understood that collective bargaining could win them dignity on the job.

Now collective bargaining …

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July 14th, 2011

What a tax cut for millionaires looks like

July 7, 2011

“I’ve never made this many cuts, never had to.” – James P. Mazgajewski, Cheektowaga-Sloan Superintendent.

What does a tax cut for millionaires look like?

Communities across New York are starting to find out – as they …

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July 7th, 2011

Who’s the opposite of Robin Hood?

May 12, 2011

Who’s the opposite of Robin Hood?

The billionaire mayor of the most unequal city in the United States.

His Executive Budget eliminates 2,140 summer youth jobs

It withdraws support from a program to assist sex assault survivors.…

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May 12th, 2011

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