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City Budget Pushback

Friday, May 07, 2010

City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, who represents East Harlem and parts of the Bronx and is a member of the Council's Progressive Caucus, takes issue with Mayor Bloomberg's budget and offers up alternatives.

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Comments [20]

landless

The real problem is too many poor people relying upon government benefits because of low-wage jobs.The city needs better paying jobs in the private sector. The public sector has the best paying jobs for middle class people in the city. What happened to the creativity of capitalism? All I see from capitalism is counterfeit goods. No housing, no manufacturing, no r&D.

May. 09 2010 03:22 PM
Lawrence from Harlem

Amaury,

We'll be paying more for less services year after year as pensions get more and more expensive. As we pay more for retired workers, there will be less for productive employees. The writing is on the wall, but no one wants to tackle this. I also find it funny that our large state pensions are not taxed in this state. Florida must love us.

This is a great site to see how much money we waste in this state, seethroughny.net.

Look though at the amount of 6 figure salaries and pensions and then you'll realize that we are in a politically inescapable spiral.

May. 07 2010 11:09 AM

The council member says that NYC cannot tolerate special treatment for any individual or group in the budget, yet she is saying the middle class should be spared from higher taxes while citizens earning over $250,000 per year should pay higher taxes.

Which is it? No special treatment, or special treatment?

May. 07 2010 10:52 AM
Amaury from Rego Park

I'm all for tax increases as long as we see the benefits. Few people are willing to pay more in order to get less. I think that if we all thought things were improving, we wouldn't be so opposed to paying for it.

May. 07 2010 10:46 AM

a friend is a NYPD sergeant and someone should look into the waste in the NYPD

May. 07 2010 10:43 AM
Lawrence from Harlem

The taxes in this city are so far above the surrounding areas that raising them even more is the dumbest idea. Do we want to push more jobs to CT and NJ? Do these guys realize the mobility of the wealthy? Do they also realize there are not enough wealthy to pay for what we already have on the books? This always ends up going down the middle class. Also, tough cuts need to be made. Every year we're told we just need a little more, a little more, but this compounds constantly and we all end up underwater with no real reforms made!

May. 07 2010 10:42 AM
Michael from long Island

Cut the City Police.Tax soda sold in the City.Tax the rich.Tax wall street bonuses.

May. 07 2010 10:41 AM

commuter tax for those who use our services and don't pay for them. you can even rebate NYS residents only taxing NJ and CT invaders.

bri when someone says cut taxes PLEASE ask them ask them which programs they want to cut

May. 07 2010 10:40 AM
Sheldon from Bronx

Raising the threshold to raising taxes to folks who earn 250,000 dolllars is the dumbest idea. When will people realize that folks who earn that much money many times create jobs and businesses in the city will leave, hieless, or shift their tax location

May. 07 2010 10:40 AM
Riki from Austin (yes, Texas)

Melissa Mark-Viverito is saying absolutely nothing. "We need to have a conversation" is not a solution. How many times did she say that? "We need to have leadership" etc. She is the least leading leader i think i've ever heard.

May. 07 2010 10:38 AM
Lawrence from Harlem

I am so sick of the constituency that has been created around Albany and the City. There are so many people acting as leaches on the taxpayer of this state is is sickening and almost guarantees that reform does not take place. This is now happening on a national scale. Greece, here we come.

May. 07 2010 10:38 AM
Lawrence from Harlem

I am so sick of the constituency that has been created around Albany and the City. There are so many people acting as leaches on the taxpayer of this state is is sickening and almost guarantees that reform does not take place. This is now happening on a national scale. Greece, here we come.

May. 07 2010 10:38 AM
The Truth from Becky

Cut city council member salaries.

May. 07 2010 10:38 AM
Robert from NYC

She's absolutely right!! She should run for mayor. This is what you get when you think you want a business manager as politician. People are stupid, they think a manager of business makes a good politician but that's absolutely wrong thinking.

May. 07 2010 10:37 AM
Michael from NYC

Tell the Progressive Caucus members what you think of these revenue options:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/nycbudget

There is also a Spanish-language survey at
http://www.surveymonkey.com/presupuesto

May. 07 2010 10:37 AM
jenna

While it may be an unpopular approach, raising taxes seems like the only solution not just to close this budget gap, but for ongoing budgets in future years.
I think what people don't realize is that if your taxes are NOT raised, you end up paying for it anyway.
For example, after school programs are cut at your child's school, so instead you have to pay to enroll your child in a private afterschool program.

There is a psychological block somewhere that people have about taxes. I don't think people realize that taxes support the communal city in which we ALL live.

In general, the US has one of the lowest tax rates (i think we are 30th or so of industrialized nations). Like it or not, raising taxes for EVERYONE is really the only solution.

May. 07 2010 10:37 AM
Michael from NYC

Tell the Progressive Caucus members what you think of these revenue options:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/nycbudget

May. 07 2010 10:36 AM
bernie from bklyn

i know this is slightly off-topic but the issue of keeping the TWU emloyees on the job is a microcosm of the fiscal problems with the state and state workers. the governor and the legislature need to purge the system of useless workers and spend the money more wisely. we could pay 2 cops or 2 teachers for every one "station agent" in the nyc subway.
there isn’t a bigger waste of money in this city than paying the salaries of “station agents” in the nyc subways. they have always been arrogant, dismissive, useless, irritable, nasty and unresponsive. why do they have jobs? it is SO justified to lay these people off and let them see what it’s like to really work for a change.
concerns for safety? are you kidding me? they do NOTHING to aid in the safety of the riders. to them, the riders are the enemy who interrupt their useless activities they have going on in the booth. remember the “station agent” who stayed in the booth and heard the screams of the girl being raped on the G line a couple of yrs. ago and did nothing?
good riddance….let's do this on the state level.

May. 07 2010 10:29 AM
RJ from prospect hts

The Fiscal Policy Institute reported a year ago: "The mayor’s executive budget includes $9.25 billion for contracted-out services spread across over 17,500 contracts. This amount exceeds the budgeted amounts for pensions, fringe benefits, Medicaid or debt service. Roughly 70 percent of the contract budget goes toward a range of social and health services and youth and student related services like pupil transportation.

"*Much of the balance, however, is for various personal, professional and maintenance services, many of which could be
performed by city employees.*

"These include clerical functions, cleaning and security services, and accounting, engineering, architectural, computer-related and computer
maintenance services. I have not attempted to develop a precise estimate but I would suggest that, conservatively, at least $500 million to $700 million in such contracted services in the
operating budget could be performed by city employees. This estimate does not extend to
contracted professional services that are funded under the capital budget."

Let's start there in making long-term, effective cuts.

May. 07 2010 10:11 AM
Marissa from New York, NY

The game "Monopoly" has a Luxury Tax - let's have a very high tax on luxury items. If you can afford a $125k car, you should be able to pay a 50% tax on it too.

May. 07 2010 10:04 AM

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