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Letter: Unions behind Long Island's high taxes

People stand in line to sign-in to vote

People stand in line to sign-in to vote regarding the school budget at Greenport High School on May 15, 2012. Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Many taxpayers are struggling to survive on Long Island ["LI officials: Tax cap's too tight," News, Sept. 29].

The tax cap has been our defense against runaway spending at every level of government. As we view the landscape of police brass paid more than $200,000 and teachers earning more than $100,000, Newsday informs us that these poor people are struggling under the constraints of the tax cap.

The taxpayer is living on a tight budget, so why isn't our public sector? The question is rhetorical. The answer is simple. It's the public-sector unions that finance the campaigns of candidates, who dare not interfere with their ever-increasing salaries.

Laurann Pandelakis, Manhasset