Expand the Millionaire's Tax to Invest in New Yorkers

Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator John Flanagan, Senator Jeffrey Klein, Assemblyman Carl Heastie

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Sign the petition below, calling on the legislature to expand the Millionaire's Tax and end Governor Cuomo's self-imposed 2% spending cap.

New York has the highest inequality in the United States. While our state is home to great wealth, we also have over 3 million residents living in poverty - including 1 in 5 children.  Statewide we are experiencing record levels of homelessness and hunger.

As people of faith, we must demand that our state leaders act. New York must invest in ending poverty, hunger and homelessness, protecting healthcare, guaranteeing quality public education for every child, and creating good jobs. To do that we need the wealthiest New Yorkers - whose income has ballooned in recent decades -  to pay their fair share, and we need the Governor to stop crippling New York's budget with his self-imposed 2% spending cap.

Join other New Yorkers of faith in adding your name!

We'll deliver the petition at the Capitol on Monday, March 20 at noon. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

To: Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator John Flanagan, Senator Jeffrey Klein, Assemblyman Carl Heastie
From: [Your Name]

As New Yorkers and people of faith, we are deeply concerned by the devastating impacts of poverty and inequality on our state. In these final days of budget negotiations, we urge you to enable the public investments New York needs by expanding the Millionaire's Tax and ending the arbitrary 2 percent spending cap. We live in a wealthy state, but because of the unequal distribution of economic resources and opportunities, millions of New Yorkers cannot make ends meet. New York's economic growth in recent decades has overwhelmingly gone to the top 1 percent of earners, leaving us with over 430,000 millionaires but more than 3 million living in poverty. While New York's wealthiest have earned a disproportionately large share of income, they are paying a disproportionately small share in taxes. The Fiscal Policy Institute finds that the top 1 percent of New York earners pays 8.1 percent of their income in state and local taxes, compared to 12 percent paid by the middle class. This regressive tax structure is unjust, and it leaves New York with fewer resources to invest in ending poverty and building an inclusive, equitable and sustainable economy. Expanding the Millionaire's Tax will address this injustice, while raising $2 billion in additional revenue. Raising additional revenue is not enough, however, unless New York also ends its 2 percent spending cap. This unnecessary austerity not only prevents new investments in ending poverty, it is forcing cuts to public agencies and programs that serve the most vulnerable in our communities. The self-imposed spending cap must be lifted this year. Poverty and inequality are moral stains on our state that require immediate action. We cannot accept a status quo in which 88,000 New Yorkers are homeless, 1 in 7 struggle with hunger, and half the children in Buffalo, Binghamton, Syracuse and Rochester are poor. Especially as we face uncertain federal funding for public services, the state must respond. Expanding the Millionaire's Tax and eliminating the spending cap will help New York to do so in a way that reflects our values of justice, fairness and dignity for all. In faith and hope, Rev. Andrea Abbott, First Universalist Society of Central Square, Central Square Rev. Amos Acree, Depew Sister Joan Agro, Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt, Blauvelt Onleilove Alston, Executive Director, Faith in New York, New York City Jennifer Ashton, Deacon, Sherburne United Church of Christ, Sherburne Keith Barber, Elder, First Presbyterian Church of Albany, Albany Pastor Arthur Barnes, Bronx Rev. Erica Baron, Kingston Deanne Bellinger, Deacon Emerita, United Church of Christ, East Greenbush Alan Bentz-Letts, Retired Chaplain, Flushing Sister Milice Bohrer, Sister of St. Joseph, Cazenovia Rev. Karen Brammer, Unitarian Universalist, Red Hook Rev. Richard Breuninger, United Methodist Church, Oneonta Emily Brewer, Executive Director, Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, Brooklyn Rev. Micah Bucey, Judson Memorial Church, New York City Pastor Brad Canning, Church of Park Slope, Brooklyn Mark Chaffin, Chaplain, Baptist Health Nursing and Rehab, Lansingburgh Rev. Joseph Cleveland, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs Rev. Peter Cook, Executive Director, New York State Council of Churches M. Doretta Corneil, Chair of RDC Social Justice Board, Sisters of the Divine Compassion Minister Jeffrey Courter, Presbyterian Church (USA), Westernville Larry Cox, Co-Director, Kairos Center for Rights, Religions and Social Justice, New York City Sister Mary Curtin, Sisters of St. Joseph, Cazenovia Rev. Sandy Damhof, Journey United Church of Christ, Albany Cantor Brian DeMell, Hudson Falls Christine DeRoller, Youth Program Director, Powell House Quaker Retreat Center, Old Chatham Sister Grace R. Diaz, Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus & Mary, Albany Terry Diggory, Ruling Elder, Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, Saratoga Springs Rev. Kathy Donley, Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Albany Rev. Pat Dupont, Pastor, The United Methodist Church James Ercolano, Certified Lay Minister, Albany Roman Catholic Diocese Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Executive Director, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition, New York City Kristina Fermann, Deacon, Loudonville Presbyterian Church, Colonie Rabbi Brian Fink, JCC Manhattan, New York Mary-Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Director of Community Life, Church of Gethsemane, Brooklyn Barbara Fry, Cabinet Member, First Baptist Church, Ithaca Pastor Dan Fullerton, Hudson River Presbytery, Ossining Rev. Dr. Richard Gilbert, Interfaith Impact of NYS, Rochester Sister Doreen Glynn, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Latham Rev. Frank Graichen, Trinity United Church of Christ, Rome Rev. Philip Grigsby, Schenectady Rev. Dr. Charles Grimm, Rush United Methodist Church, Scottsville Sister Maureen Harris, Sisters of St. Francis, Niagara Falls Judy Hartley, Elder, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Albany Avernetta Henry, Community Mission, American Baptist Women, Bronx Bishop Howard Hubbard, Co-Chair, Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State Mark Hyland, Stewardship Chair, Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady Rev. Earl Ikeda, Buddhist Minister, New York Buddhist Church, New York City Rev. Ann Kansfield, Pastor, Greenpoint Reformed Church, Brooklyn Narinder Kapoor, Vice President, Geeta Ashram of New York, Oyster Bay John Keevert, Co-chair, Social Justice Council, First Unitarian Church of Rochester Pastor Carol Kessler, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Ossining Laurie Konwinski, Labor-Religion Coalition of the Fingerlakes, Ithaca Cantor Anne Kriz, Fairport Suzanne Krull, Executive Director, Cuba Cultural Center, Cuba Nicholas Laccetti, Union Theological Seminary, New York Mark Landis, Co-Chair, Reform Jewish Voice of New York State Richard Laskey, Co-Chair, Reform Jewish Voice of New York State Rev. Kirk Laubenstein, Executive Director, Coalition for Economic Justice, Buffalo Rev. Dr. Miriam Lawrence Leupold, Co-Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Albany, Albany Rev. Glenn Leupold, Co-Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Albany, Albany Rev. Jonathan Litzner, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Cobleskill Rev. Alexandra Lusak, Albany Presbytery, Troy Cantor Abbe Lyons, Cantor, Gilat Rina, Ithaca Deni Mack, Pastoral Associate, Rochester Rev. Roger Mapes, Mighty Companions Ministries, Brooklyn Sister Maureen Mastine, Society of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Syracuse Carol McLoughlin, Chairperson, Social Justice Committee, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens Rev. Emily McNeill, Acting Director, Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS, Albany Rev. John McNeill, Senior Pastor, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Ithaca Asher Joy Lillian Menashe, Multi-Faith Resident, Community of Living Traditions, Stony Point Rev. Chantilly Mers-Pickett, Christian Church Disciples of Christ, New York City Rev. Danielle Miller, Oceanside Sister Marybeth Moore, Sister of Charity, Wantagh Sister Dorothy Murray, Albany Kevin Nelson, Home Missioner, First United Methodist Church, Schenectady Rev. Alan Newton, Executive Minister, American Baptist Churches of the Rochester/Genesee Region Rabbi Dan Ornstein, Albany Rev. Emily Otto, United Church of Christ, Voorheesville Joseph Paparone, Advocacy Coordinator, FOCUS Churches of Albany Rev. Joseph Perdue, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Cooperstown Rev. Dr. Peter Peters, St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene Episcopal Church, Fairport Jean Poppei, Chair, Social Responsibilities Council, Albany Unitarian Universalist Rev. Elizabeth Quick, Pastor, Gouverneur First United Methodist Church, Nulato Rev. Erik Rasmussen, Long Island Council of Churches Board, Wynantskill Rev. Konrad Raup, United Church of Christ, Albany Pastor Tamara Razzano, First Presbyterian Church, Little Falls Catherine Reid, Campus Minister, Catholic Campus Ministry, University at Albany Deb Riitano, Executive Director, Capital Area Council of Churches Rev. Dr. Raymond Rivera, President/Senior Pastor, Latino Pastoral Action Center/Sanctuary Church, Bronx Kathryn Seib Vargas, Formation Coordinator, L’Arche, Ossining Rev. Connie Seifert, First United Methodist Church, Corning Rev. James Sheehan, Campus Ministry, Bronx Rev. Bonnie Shoultz, Zen Studies Society & Zen Center of Syracuse Sister Margaret Sikora, Franciscan Sisters of Atonement, Garrison Bishop Prince Singh, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester Robb Smith, Executive Director, Interfaith Impact of NYS Rev. Steven Smith, Lead Pastor, Newtonville United Methodist Church, Newtonville Rev. William Spilly, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Hamlin Rev. Katy Stenta, New Covenant Presbyterian Church, Colonie Rev. Eve Stevens, Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica Sister Mary Jane Sullivan, Society of the Sacred Heart, Albany Rev. Marti Swords-Horrell, Christ Church United Methodist, Troy Father Tim Taugher, Binghamton Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-Director, Kairos Center for Rights, Religions and Social Justice, New York City Rev. Barbara Toll, Altamont Rev. Phil Tom, Eastchester Presbyterian Church, Mt. Vernon Julio Torres, Student Minister, Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, New York Rev. Sam Trumbore, Minister, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany Sister Mary Ellen Twisy, Sisters of Mercy, Orchard Park Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Albany Presbytery, Presbyterian Church (USA), Troy Donna Walker, Pastoral Associate, Saint Kateri Parish, Irondequoit Rabbi Brian Walt, Tikkun v’Or: Ithaca Reform Temple, Ithaca Angela Warner, Director, Social Justice Ministries, Church of St. Vincent De Paul, Albany Rev. Kris Watson, Associate Pastor, Safe Haven UCC, New York Diana Weaving, Social Justice Ministry Co-Chair, UU Fellowship of Huntington Rev. William C. Webb, Vicar, St. Simon Episcopal Church, Buffalo Samuel Wilson, Jr., Deacon, Bronx Rev. Dustin Wright, Pastor, Messiah Lutheran Church, Schenectady Barbara Zaron, Steering Committee, Reform Jewish Voice of New York State, Bethlehem Sister Joyce Gadoua, Cohoes Sister Mary Marvin, Sisters of Mercy, Rochester Sister Mary Ellen Schopfer, Sisters of St. Joseph, Utica Rev. Andrew Wilkes, Associate Pastor of Young Adults and Social Justice, Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York, Queens