You are reading

18 State Legislators From Queens Call For Wealth Tax

Stock Photo: Pixabay

June 18, 2020 By Christian Murray

New York State faces a $14 billion deficit and more than 100 state legislators—including 18 from Queens—have pledged that they will not approve spending cuts unless taxes are raised on the wealthy.

The legislators are upset that Governor Andrew Cuomo does not want to raise taxes on the wealthy and instead is looking to cut billions from nurses, public school teachers, senior services and food banks.

The 100 legislators argue that the wealthy have not suffered financially during the COVID-19 crisis, while more than 2 million state residents have already lost their jobs.

The legislators cite statistics, released by the Public Accountability Initiative, that show that the state’s 118 billionaires increased their net worth by an estimated $44.9 billion, or 8.6 percent, from March 18 to May 15.

“Ultra-millionaires and billionaires should not be the only constituency held harmless in this crisis,” according to a joint statement from the 100 legislators. “We are all in this together, and sacrifice must be shared.”

The statement goes on to say: “We will not allow state budget cuts without raising revenue from those who can most afford to pay more.”

The legislators also point to a survey conducted by Hart Research in January, where more than 90 percent of the 1,000 eligible voters surveyed support a tax on the wealthy.

The 18 Queens legislators who have signed the pledge are:

State Senators: Mike Gianaris, Jessica Ramos, Toby Ann Stavisky, John Liu and Anna Kaplan

State Assembly Members: Catalina Cruz, Nily Rozic, David Weprin, Daniel Rosenthal, Andrew Hevesi, Alicia Hyndman, Brian Barnwell, Michael DenDekker, Jeffrion Aubry, Cathy Nolan, Michael Miller, Ron Kim and Aravella Simotas

email the author: [email protected]


Click for Comments 
jonnie cochran

but to be fair a good article would say that the stock market rebound was the reason for the increased wealth. The Nasdaq it actually at its all time high right now.

since the world millionaire is also used, be aware that elderly people with a retirement acct / 401K and a home they paid off are millionaires. Not ultra wealthy.

Hey Giannaris and AOC fans, imagine if you didnt run amazon out of LIC. Bezo$ is doin fine. You idiots threw away 25,000-40,000 jobs when we need it. That’s the problem, politicians without brains and with mics


Exodus from NYC! Hard to tell what the future holds. But most people that have the mans are leaving NYC. Quick google search and there are plenty of articles.

All-time high unemployment under Trump

Sorry to hear Trump’s terrible pandemic response cost you your job. But you’re right, it’s causing people to leave.

10 percent temp cut for electeds!

I suggest that all elected officials in NYS and N YC take a 10 percent cut in pay until December 31, 2020. This is to help relieve the pressure on the budgets. This is in line with what many corporate execs and even the lower ranks have done. First elected official to put his/her hand up..please raise it high. Thank you.


since politicians are very wealthy, i think taking AOC’s advice and cutting their salaries by 90 percent is a better idea.

bye bye quality of life...

Last year, 61.5% of New York movers left the state; just 38.5% moved in. Among those who left, 41% earned $150,000 or more. Just 8.4% earned less than $50,000. From 2010 to mid-2017, New York had a net out migration of over 1 million people, more than any other state.


Bye bye- You’re totally wrong. The 10 states that lost population were New York (-76,790; -0.4%), Illinois (-51,250; -0.4%), West Virginia (-12,144; -0.7%), Louisiana (-10,896; -0.2%), Connecticut (-6,233; -0.2%), Mississippi (-4,871; -0.2%), Hawaii (-4,721; -0.3%), New Jersey (-3,835; 0.0%), Alaska (-3,594; -0.5%), and Vermont (-369 ; -0.1%).Dec 30, 2019. US Census. Gov.

That is completely false

All of your statistics are completely wrong 😂 are you really that gullible?


People are leaving in droves
Perhaps these politicians can start by giving up their salaries since they barely work

more than 2 million state residents have already lost their jobs.

Do you know what this article is about? There’s all time high record unemployment. One salary isn’t going to change that.

Trump lovers are actually this gullible 🤦‍♂️

Trump is redistributing wealthy taxpayers' money to give to everyone for free

That’s wasn’t socialism because, um, I forgot. THIS is definitely socialist communist marxism thought.

Golden Goose

Who will make up the lost tax revenue from wealthy people when they move out of NY? Many already have. As always, the middle class will get hit. Actually, the middle class are getting out of Dodge already.

Perhaps politicians should read the fable of the Golden Goose and learn a lesson.


Hashtagger as golden goose – Please provide proof or at least one link to an article stating the “rich” are moving out. You have credibility issues.

Gardens Watcher

Golden Goose is right. Take a ride to the UES, Mac. Moving vans and renovations everywhere. NYT ran an article on USPS change of addresses.


Gardens watcher – The only article in the N.Y. Times I could locate is about forwarded mail not change of address. Change of domicile will be reflected in the coming census. Florida at one time had about”wealth tax” and nobody fled.,

Gardens Watcher

The Census counted your home base as of March 1, before the virus spiked, before the NY PAUSE started, and before the protests. The second wave is coming.

It takes time to decamp, but more time and other things to consider to permanently relocate.


Why would rich move out of ny, they got dirt cheap labor from all these immigrants and illegal aliens, people work 24/7 nonstop. Rich cannot find a better workforce anywhere. In fact, poor would be moving more than the rich since they can also make minimum wage somewhere else and actually survive on it.
Someone needs to fix NY from ground up, but if noone can fix our healthcare situation and costs, I doubt anyone cares about little people.


who do you think will make up the lost tax revenue? the tax will be passed on to us. first and foremost, that revenue is tax sheltered in another state or country. you think the ultra rich dont know all the tax loopholes? they are untouchable.


Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Op-Ed: This Year’s State Budget Must Prioritize Climate, Jobs, and Justice for New York

Op-Ed, Jan. 30, By Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas

In a time of rampant economic inequality and environmental injustice, it is easy to feel defeated.  Here in Queens and across New York State, however, communities are organizing for a better future. New Yorkers from different backgrounds and with different lived experiences are proving that we can build community, organize, and create a future that reflects our shared values.

LaGuardia Community College receives federal funding to expand vocational training for the unemployed

Jan. 27, 2023 By Bill Parry

LaGuardia Community College recently received more than $400,000 in federal funding to enhance and expand vocational training for underemployed New Yorkers in a city that is still working to recover from COVID-19 pandemic-induced job loss. The support was secured by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and former Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.