Question of The Day: The Budget and You

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

What feature of Gov. Paterson's proposed budget will affect you the most? Be specific! We've posted a link to the official budget overview below.

Comments [19]

jane from hudson valley, NY

IHOP is pretty good and often has tasty food that is less costly than cooking at home

Dec. 17 2008 10:59 AM
Emma from D.C. (transplanted New Yorker)

I'm a grad student living on my own and i have a tiny fridge so freezing space is limited can you talk more about how to dividing recipes or cooking for one without eating the same meal over and over. It's a real problem for us singletons and something that there's not much advice for.


Dec. 17 2008 10:57 AM
hjs from 11211

and diet soda is a poison that we should not be put into our bodies

Dec. 17 2008 10:45 AM
J. T. from New York, NY

Another argument for not paying tax on downloads, originally, was to help stimulate the growth of E-Commerce. That may no longer be a valid argument. iTunes is well established now making this a tax that makes sense.

Dec. 17 2008 10:42 AM
SB from brooklyn

Ms. Wylde:
If the wealthy no longer have the income, they won't have to pay the wealth tax. It's for the people who are *making* the income--to give back to the city and people who helped them make it, and to pay for the services (subways, sanitation, health care) that help them earn those salaries.

People charged increased subway taxes ("fares")or sales taxes on basics have to pay them *regardless* of the decline in their incomes!!!

That's the point, Ms. Wylde.

If those people *lose* those jobs, they won't pay the higher income tax. If they're looking for similarly high-paying jobs in their fields, the odds on finding them--and keeping their kids in the schools they still love, and keeping the arts available, and being able to maintain the community they have--are much higher if they stay and pay a slightly higher tax when they do find those jobs.

Oh, and if the "talent" you mention is in "high finance," well, given the economic situation we're in and what got us here, aren't there much greater questions about just how talented these high-paid financiers are???

Perhaps we should have some domestic or sanitation workers getting increased salaries with some of the taxes paid on the remaining high-income people make the decisions on the priorities of the changing economy.

Dec. 17 2008 10:41 AM
Liz from Westchester


I would love to hear a conversation about the closing of the Pheasant farm in the NYS budget. The NY Times reported that the $750K farm funded by our taxes to raise pheasants for the lone purpose of releasing into the wild for hunters to shoot will be closed. The fact that this was a state run organization is appaling. And on top of that they're going to slaughter the birds and send the carcases to food pantries! What other unnecessary organizations do we pay for?

Dec. 17 2008 10:41 AM
Robert from NYC

Maybe they're going to send him to Bagdad for punishment? (the shoe guy that is)

Dec. 17 2008 10:30 AM
Robert from NYC

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha throw a shoe, I love it!! Oh god we're all sick.

Dec. 17 2008 10:23 AM
NWP from Greenwich

Patterson has a deal with the legislature. He announces that we have to cut off both arms and both legs. Then the legislature will announce that we have to double the income tax.

People panic. The result will be that what happens is unctious if announced now but after the above choices doesn't sound THAT bad.

ALL contracts with public employees were won because they threatened to vote out the politicians. They are ALL overcompensated in the long run. Let them get the same deal as in the private sector. Retire at 65 with no medical and your 401.

It was reasonable to give these benefits when the current pay was low. Today they earn market rates for a 180 day year less days off.


Dec. 17 2008 10:20 AM
"nickle and dime" tax plan supporter from Brooklyn, NY

I think it's a great plan to add a tax to frivolous purchases. I don't buy any of these items/services, so it's a great plan for me. Even if I did they're still luxuries, if you can afford mp3's, taxi rides, soda, cable/satellite TV, massages (besides physical therapy), you can afford to pay the tax on it.

You can't argue that any of these items are essential, everything is a luxury.

Dec. 17 2008 10:19 AM


Dec. 17 2008 10:19 AM
Charles from Bklyn

After many years of the wealthy gaining the disporportionate benefit of New York's revitialization, putting the largest burden on the middle class again is outrageous.

Dec. 17 2008 10:18 AM
Robert from NYC

How would it affect me? Well, I'm on a very tight budget of SSDI ONLY, ONLY!!! Try to live on that! And as far as the idea that WE ALL have to "chip in" has gone way too far because we all can't. How dare they ask us to give up something, HOW DARE THEY!!! That's all we do to make up for these cheaters and thieves who have stashed away millions or billions and can live just fine, yet we who have paid our taxes all the way through our lives have to "chip in". WE HAVE CHIPPED IN. It really is time for "we the people" to get up off our duffs and get these people out of office and find people who really do represent us, the people. It's time for a REAL CHANGE.

Dec. 17 2008 10:14 AM
Cynthia from Brooklyn, NY

These are seriously difficult times economically, so the governor is proposing tax all those things - music, food, movies, etc. - that might remotely relieve the stress. Does that make sense to you??

Dec. 17 2008 10:14 AM
stu in nyc

Call me crazy or illogical, but I would rather drive to NJ and pay the toll (and buy cheaper gas) than pay a tax on sugared soda. Our country is the home of Coca Cola and Pepsi, and to tax it is un-American.

Dec. 17 2008 10:14 AM
Nicole from Brooklyn

Bloomberg said it best, his friends love NY and won't move just because they have to pay a little bit more in taxes. Paterson is being ridiculous and completely unfair. Has he switched political parties?

Dec. 17 2008 10:12 AM
Judy Richardson from Brooklyn

Taxing the rich is the only way out. They may kvetch, but they won't move! Where would they move to that would be this much fun? Why is the Governor so opposed to that?

Dec. 17 2008 10:12 AM
Alex from Queens

Tax the soda all you want, I'll just buy it out of state.

Dec. 17 2008 10:10 AM
Ben Thompson from NYC metro area

Don't complain, NYC. Higher taxes are patriotic; just ask Joe Biden.
Your governor, in a time of no confidence in anyone of authority, anywhere, is about to appoint the total lightweight Caroline Kennedy as your next Senator. Just what the doctor ordered.
When will you lefties understand: this is what government is all about.
The best route to happiness is to rely on yourself and be beholden to nobody.

Dec. 17 2008 10:06 AM

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