After a brief vacation we’re back getting ready for the work ahead on tax equity…and among other little tasks- saving the middle class from lethargic and dumb as rocks legislators and greedy, coddled ( see Buffett) mega-rich raptors.
The coordinating (steering) comm. of PROPERTY TAXNIGHTMARE .org met yesterday and set out our mission statement and plans for the new session in Albany.
Except for Sam who travels long distances for meetings and Marlis who came up from NYC where her photos are making a huge splash in art circles, techie members more distant geographically conveyed their wishes and ideas through the ether…okay by phone and e-mail…( I have to have some fun.)
We are all on the same page. To wit:
The Omnibus Tax Solution Consortium (of which TXNightmare is a founding member) has grown and is even more vital and central to the struggle for equity.
The Governor is a disappointment so far on middle class issues and has contributed by his preferential policies towards the mega rich to the huge financial gap between the richest 1% and the rest of us.
We will continue our mission of supporting circuit breaker legislation -even more important to homeowners and renters in crisis than it was last year because in reality (not in political speak) the “cap” will cause MORE trouble and MORE increases! We will fight hard for other aspects of total reform of the tax system starting with:
· the chaotic , regressive property tax
· fighting preferential tax and fiscal treatment of the richest campaign donors through revision of the state income tax
· sharply exposing and attacking corporate welfare
· fighting the state’s negligence in providing vital services
· exposing the state’s shifting of its responsibilities to local governments in the form of unfunded mandates
· restoring vital personnel in the service sector, education, security, infrastructure
· breaking the hold of big money on state government’s “Pay to Play” modus operandi
· investigating and exposing the abuses of religious and corporate property tax exemptions
We are planning a launch -Mohonk II- of the consortium mission.
Also on the table for TXNightmare but not yet ready for action is the targeting of one or two of the most troublesome pretenders among the legislators.. Pour encourager les autres..look it up…Voltaire had the right idea.
The discussion included media contacts, events such as - Lady Godiva is ready to ride in Albany but we’re having trouble getting a permit because of the horses? The possible nudity? C’mon state government, you allow all manner of REAL FISCAL indecency so why are you afraid of some horses and fabulous women fighting for tax reform?
The Trumpbours, Bill & Ellie ( TXNightmare affiliated farm leaders and steering comm. members) told the meeting by phone that the Farm Bureau was on board for the circuit breaker!! That’s 30,000 strong-the guys who feed us and protect the land…
You can keep Trump, RichBoyGluttonLobby, we good guys have the Trumpbours…a better choice all aroundJ
Other plans were made and congratulations given to the members whose lists have grown statewide and whose calls to action are always heeded. Still united; still determined; stronger and better than ever. Ready to launch.