A coalition of left-leaning and labor groups will be canvassing across the state on Saturday, going door to door in 10 regions to garner support for a tax on New York’s highest earners.
Canvassers will be in Yonkers, Poughkeepsie and Newburgh, as well as Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Syracuse, Troy, Saratoga, Long Island, and New York City.
The effort is being organized by 99 New York, a coalition of groups launched last month that is fighting for an extension of the state’s so-called millionaires’ tax — an added surcharge on those making more than $200,000 a year. The surcharge expires at the end of the year.
The canvassing effort comes as a report in The Wall Street Journal said Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking at the possibility of restructuring the state’s tax code to tax the wealthy at a higher rate, while offering lower rates to the middle class.
Cuomo, who opposes the extension of the millionaires’ tax, said in an appearance on WGDJ-AM today that he’s exploring a number of different options with a variety of economic experts, but a final decision hasn’t been made.
Here’s the flyer being circulated for the Saturday canvassing effort, which the groups are calling “Knock for the 99%.”