Posts Tagged ‘taxes’

Views for 90 Penn: Becca’s View

Friday, April 11th, 2014

      My name is Becca and I am currently an intern with LIPC. I entered this position in January during my last undergraduate semester at LIU Post, where I study sociology. At the end of this year I will be graduating from college and entering the real world. Everyone’s dream is to find a job in their field straight out of college. In my recent job search I have noticed something concerning; there aren’t many positions, at least not for someone holding a bachelors degree. Most positions require a Master Degree or higher. That is at least another two years of school that I would have to pay for while working at a job that doesn’t pay me enough to afford rent let alone pay for graduate school.

At 22 I am at that age where living with my parents is no longer desirable. However, as a Long Islander that is essentially my only option. Not only are there few jobs available to me but the salary rates do not match up with the average cost of living on Long Island. While thinking about my future it seems to me like the most feasible option is to move out of the state.  Long Island is my home, it is where I was born and it is where I’ve continued to live for the last 22 years. My parents, my sister, and my friends are all here. It is sad to think that I may not be able to afford to live on this island I call my home, because let’s face it; Long Island is not affordable; especially for people like me.

It is important that we bring affordable housing to Long Island. It is not just you people who are struggling. Senior citizens cannot afford to pay property taxes on their homes. When they are forced to move due to high costs it is nearly impossible for them to find affordable rentals. Families, who make less than 100,000 dollars a year, cannot afford to buy homes here. So even though they are not poor they have no place to live. Through LIPC’s Yes in My Backyard campaign (YIMBY) we a bringing affordable housing to long island one community at a time. LIPC encourages communities to reach out to their town officials to make sure they know that affordable housing is important to Long Islanders.

After coming to intern with the Long Island progressive coalition I realized how pressing these issues are for many Long Islanders. There are many people holding down jobs that don’t pay them a livable wage and the cost of housing here is astronomical compared to other states. The Long Island Progressive Coalition fights to ensure that people have good paying jobs, affordable housing, and other equal opportunities, regardless of their race or where they live. It is amazing to know that I became involved with an organization that helps fight for people like me and I am glad to be helping fight for a better future, not just for myself but for all Long Islanders.

Letter: Keep tax surcharge on NY's richest

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Article by: Claudia Hanover, Board Member of the Long Island Progressive Coalition

In response to your editorial “How to keep a millionaire” [Oct. 20], nothing could be more askew. The editorial board suggests that “the state should let its income-tax surcharge on those earning more than $200,000 a year (or married couples earning more than $300,000 a year) expire at year’s end.”

The editorial board would do well to look carefully at the coverage of Occupy Wall Street and its offspring all over the world. Those folks in the United States are decrying these basic facts: From 1979 to 2006, the average household after-tax income, including public and private benefits, rose at paltry rates for the bottom three quintiles.

By contrast, the top quintile says it all: It enjoyed a 55 percent increase, while the very top 1 percent took away a 256 percent gain. Put another way, that amounts to the top 1 percent more than tripling its already substantial disparate gains in 1979. These figures are from the Congressional Budget Office.

To suggest that anything other than an immediate and bold tax be levied against the richest among us is to be anti-American, anti-democratic and anti-humanity.