- Make Downstate New Yorkers pay their fair share
- Tax job killing companies and pass savings onto workers
- End wage expansion at $12, well before $15
- Eliminate the Albany bureaucracy and red tape
It could be considered the Eighth Wonder of the World that people who hate being taxed so much live in one of the most taxed states in the US. Politicians on both sides of the aisle love to promise that they're going to find ways to cut taxes so that we aren't burdened by them, but spending keeps them for achieving those goals. So here's my proposal, let's shift the tax burden off of the average citizens of New York and instead place it on those who hurt our economy by taking jobs from workers and make strategic cuts to taxes from there.
You may be wondering who should be taxed if not the average citizen. Well, first and foremost we need to make Downstate New Yorkers pay their fair share. Because of the tax breaks that are passed to get business to the city, those of us in Upstate are faced with budget shortfalls when the rich buy million-dollar condos and barely pay any taxes on the purchase. Meanwhile, to refinance your house, you have to pay all the state taxes again when you're just apart of the middle class. It's time for this disparity to end, force rich investors in the city to pay for their condos and use that money to cut the real estate taxes in Upstate.
Next, we should find a way to keep companies from saving a buck by automating the jobs that used to belong to hard-working New Yorkers. This can easily be accomplished by passing a tax on automated systems that equal what we're taking out of the payroll of the working class. Why should a company be allowed to take your job and then install something that makes them a great deal of money tax-free? The answer is that they shouldn't and we should be demanding that these big companies be paying our taxes and letting us keep our money.
Wage expansion is an interesting idea that will end up disproportionately affecting Upstate businesses. From watching a number of cities pass the $15 minimum wage, we now know that while a modest increase can help in a number of ways, bringing the number up so high will reduce economic activity across the district. That's why I'm suggesting that we focus on lowering payroll taxes and bringing the minimum wage up to $12 so that we can keep our state on a steady economic footing.
Finally, we need to end the incredible bureaucracy that has been created by years of corruption in Albany. Stop making small businesses cut through months of red tape to get things done, instead empower agencies to do the jobs they were created for and no more.