The Watertown Daily Times is reporting this morning that roughly 400 people turned out yesterday for a rally at Case Middle School in favor of reinstating funds for public education.
“We are ground zero in the north country for cuts,” said Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, D-Theresa, who spoke at the rally. “In the north country, we’re rural, we’re poor and we’re taking it on the chin.”
The rally was put on by New York State United Teachers and the Alliance for Quality Education, and teacher, parent and student representatives all spoke.
Representatives of the organizations shared information about the proposed budgets and education in New York state, and they led the crowd in chants of “support our kids, not millionaires,” protesting the “millionaire’s tax” that is due to expire this year.
But the Associated Press is reporting this morning that the so-called millionaires’ tax is going nowhere in Albany. This via the Plattsburgh Press Republican.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders indicated Wednesday that the so-called “millionaire’s tax” the Assembly hopes will reverse Cuomo’s proposed deep cuts to school funding is sinking.
Republican Senate leader Dean Skelos said that as far as he’s concerned, the surcharge aimed at New Yorkers making $1 million and more a year is dead.
He said he and the Democratic governor remain strongly opposed in the three-way negotiations with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
So what do you think? Should Albany tap the wealthy for more pain? Or is it time for schools to downsize? Comments welcome, as always.