Legislative Alert – 3/17/17

Legislative Alert 2016

President’s Message

Assembly Majority Tax Plan Returns Fairness to the System

The NYS AFL-CIO applauds Speaker Heastie and the Assembly Majority for fighting to restore a progressive personal income tax in New York State. The plan would keep the increased 8.82% tax rate that was enacted in 2009 for those with incomes over $1 million.

The plan would also create new top tax brackets as follows: for those earning between $5-$10 million – 9.32%; for those between $10-$100 million – 9.82%; and for those with $100 million or more – 10.32%. The proposal would allow the additional higher rate of 8.82% expire for those earning under $1 million.

This plan would generate $5.6 billion in revenue and would return progressivity to New York’s regressive tax system that helped contribute to years of deficits and budget instability. Prior to enactment of the millionaire’s tax, New York’s highest rate was 6.65%. The wealthiest families in New York paid at the exact same rate as many moderate to low income families.

Even now New York has the greatest income inequality than any other state. The wealthiest 1% of taxpayers take home most of the income gains, but pay a smaller share of their income in combined state and local taxes than lower and middle-income families.

Arguments that the additional tax would drive wealthy New Yorkers away have not come to pass. In fact, recent data provided by the Fiscal Policy Institute shows the number of millionaires in New York State has grown by one-third since enactment of the millionaire’s tax.
Meanwhile the additional revenue generated by this plan will fund vital public services including education, health care, mental health, transportation and infrastructure.
We urge the support of our elected officials on this plan and will work for passage in the final state budget.


Mario Cilento, President

Call To Action


Monday, March 20, 2017, 1:00 p.m.100 South Swan Street, Albany, NYAssemblyman Peter Abbate, Chair of the Committee on Governmental Employees will address the lobbyists.

Issue of the Week

Oppose Cuts for those who Suffer Severe Workplace Injuries

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We strongly oppose this legislation to eliminate schedule loss of use awards. These awards are made to some of the most severely, permanently injured workers – those who experience amputations, severe facial disfigurement, vision loss, hearing loss or other permanent loss of use of extremities.

It is important to remember the workers’ compensation system protects businesses from lawsuits when an employee is injured. In return, the system is supposed to ensure those workers have prompt access to adequate wage replacement benefits, high-quality medical care and guaranteed, albeit relatively low, payouts for loss of use of a body part. This legislation would eviscerate the second half of that bargain, and would leave injured workers NO remedy for loss of use of an extremity .

We urge opposition to this draconian benefit cut.

For further information contact Mike Neidl at 518-436-8516 or by email information@nysaflcio.org