Hawkins Slams 4 month late State Budget

 

Howie Hawkins, Green for Governor
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For Immediate Release: August 4, 2010
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Democrats Protect Wealthy New Yorkers In Late State Budget

Lawmakers Fail to Create Jobs, Help the Unemployed

 

"State lawmakers passed a four-month-late state budget that cut essential services for many New Yorkers while raising taxes on low and middle income New Yorkers. There was a bi-partisan effort to protect Wall Street and wealthy New Yorkers, continuing the tradition of balancing the state budget on the backs of New York's most vulnerable residents. In the midst of the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression, lawmakers slashed funding for job programs for low-income New Yorkers, gutted the Environmental Protection Fund and failed to pass modest improvements to the state's unemployment insurance program. As Governor, my first priority will be to enact a Green New Deal that guarantees a living wage job to all New Yorkers," said Howie Hawkins. the Green Party nominee for Governor.

 

Hawkins campaigned yesterday with consumer advocate Ralph Nader, calling for the state to solve the budget deficit by halting the $16 billion rebate of the Stock transfer tax to Wall Street speculators. Instead the state imposed a sales tax on clothing while rejecting a tax on hedge funds.

 

"Wealthy New Yorkers and corporate America are well served by the Democrat and Republican parties. It is time for the rest of us to join with the Green Party in fighting for living wage jobs, strong environmental protection, affordable housing, and fair taxes," added Hawkins.

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