Tax-cap rally turns confrontational

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It was a wild scene in the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany today, when a rally to support a property-tax cap quickly devolved into a back-and-forth shouting match when groups supporting a “circuit breaker” approach crashed the party.

As Assembly Republican Leader Brian Kolb spoke in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to cap property taxes at 2 percent, circuit-breaker supporters began chanting, “Tax the rich!”

After the rally wrapped up, the two sides converged on the Well, arguing their case — at times, loudly and inches apart from each other — as television cameras rolled and reporters snapped photos.

Kolb brushed off the rally crashers, saying that the majority of New York wants a tax cap. A circuit breaker would tie tax relief to income levels.

“You have to look at the people doing the screaming as a small group of people,” Kolb said after the rally. “The people that want a tax-cap are taxpayers who are home working, trying to raise a family.”

Ron Deutsch, executive director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, said the circuit-breaker approach is the choice of the people.

“The reality is what the governor is talking about increasing taxes for people on an annual basis,” Deutsch said. “So if I can’t afford my property taxes now, what good is a tax cap going to do me? Only a circuit breaker would help me in that situation.”

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  1. School Teacher on

    What? Only a circuit breaker would help you? Do you really know what the circuit breaker does? It rewards those who paid more for their homes than they could afford by cutting their taxes (based on income) and shifts the burden to those who are living within their means. Now, elderly aside, this is another way of redistributing the wealth and absolving people of personal responsibility. Read up on this solution. Be careful.

    The only tax anything which makes sense is to have less of the thing that is causing the yelling……cut the darn things and make everyone happy!

  2. ThomasjCavanagh on

    I am the man vs Gitmo joe in the picture above, THere was no anger at all .Me and Gitmo Joe go way back,to open line fridays on steve and Jacky show. Gitmo with Move on Dot ORG. Me Tea Party I wished him well when I left.