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Skelos, Alec Baldwin and millionaires
While the “Occupy Albany” protest chugs along, two Long Islanders continue to champion the expiration of the so-called “millionaires’ tax.”
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) said in a radio interview Tuesday his colleagues won’t consider renewing the tax, despite pressure from Occupy Albany (which is camped out in tents across the street from the State Capitol).
“That is a [tax that’s] going to affect many, many small businesses in this state,” Skelos told The Capitol Pressroom, a public radio program. “We cannot pass any types of taxes or extend them -- that will kill jobs.”
Skelos then took a shot at Alec Baldwin, who recently stopped by the Occupy Wall Street encampment.
“We can’t be influenced by the Alec Baldwins of the world ... [telling] us that we should tax everybody else,” Skelos said.
The tax -- actually a surcharge on New Yorkers who earn $250,000 or more annually -- will expire Dec. 31, after Skelos and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo blocked efforts by Assembly Democrats to renew it. Democrats have said they will push for it again in 2012, but increase the income threshold to $1 million -- something the “Occupy” activists support.
Kevin Law, president of the Long Island Association, said that’s a bad idea.
In a letter to Skelos’ counterpart, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), Law wrote: “Please do not be persuaded by the misguided efforts of these protesters. The last thing our very fragile economy needs right now is an effort to raise taxes!”