This time our 30 Issues series goes local as we ask the question, would New York be better off under a Kerry or a Bush administration? The biggest gripe among New York pols is that the state pays about $15 billion more in taxes than it gets back in federal spending. But would this really change with a change in the White House? Other issues include homeland security, mass transit, taxes, minimum wage and immigration. If there’s something you want on the agenda, let us know.
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Here’s a sample from the two major party candidates:
Kerry's plan for an Urban Agenda:
- Create a $25 billion state tax relief and education fund to combat state budget crises and prevent education cuts and tuition increases.
- Raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7 by 2007.
- Revive funding for the New Markets Venture Capital Program, which aims to bring capital to low-income communities.
- Encourage small business by increasing the government's venture capital investments and loans.
- Extend the assault weapons ban and support community-based efforts to fight crime.
- Invest in infrastructure for transportation and homeland security.
- Protect voting rights by deploying election monitors and reauthorizing expiring provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
- Introduce an immigration reform bill in his first 100 days to allow immigrants to earn legal residency, encourage family reunification and strengthen border protections.
The GOP's platform on New York:
New York City evolved from a city plagued by crime, smothered by government, and void of opportunity, into one that attracts both families and young people looking to build careers and enjoy an urban lifestyle. New York’s turnaround is a testament to the great power of turning Republican ideals into policies and solutions. By focusing on economic growth and opportunity, business development, crime control, and the revitalization of urban eyesores, we can inject fresh energy and opportunity into America’s urban centers. Lower taxes, passed by the Republican Congress, are stimulating development and investment in cities around the country. New homeownership opportunities are
giving residents a stake in urban neighborhoods. Violent crime rates, including robberies and rapes, were down in 2003. The President’s commitment to cleaning up brownfields and making them ready for productive purposes is transforming once-crumbling communities.