Dems to Silver: Don't Cut Education - Tax the Wealthy

Democrats in the New York Assembly have a message for Speaker Sheldon Silver: don't cut education - tax the rich.

In a letter to Silver, 69 Assembly members urged the speaker to support an extension of an income tax surcharge for those who earn more than $200,000 a year -- known as the millionaires tax -- rather than approve Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget cuts to education.

They say the cuts abandon the state's long-term efforts to increase education spending in poor and high-need school districts like New York City.

In a statement, a spokesman for Silver said he "wholeheartedly agrees that we should not be giving a tax break to the wealthiest New Yorkers."

The governor's office has not responded to request for comment.