Assemblywoman Millman: State budget makes tax
system fairer for working families

Putting the state on the road to economic recovery required tough decisions, shared sacrifice, and yes, tough cuts. With New York facing a $17.7 billion budget gap, belt-tightening and the federal stimulus money alone couldn’t repair our economy.

Rejecting $2.1 billion in nuisance taxes

Assemblywoman Millman thinks low- and middle-income New Yorkers are under enough pressure. That’s why the Assembly rejected $2.1 billion in taxes and fees that would have nickel-and-dimed working families, including new and increased taxes on:

$40,000 per year or $4,000,000 – New Yorkers paid the same tax rate

A fairer alternative – Under New York’s current tax system, families earning $40,000 a year pay the same tax rate as those who earn $4 million a year. But a new temporary surcharge on the wealthiest 3 percent of New Yorkers adds fairness to the tax code while generating revenue to help fund our schools, shore up our health care system and narrow a growing budget gap without burdening middle- and low-income New Yorkers.

Assemblywoman Millman demanded a fairer solution. Now, those families earning $300,000 to $500,000 per year will be taxed about 1 percentage point more; and those families earning over $500,000 per year will be taxed approximately 2 percentage points more. Everyone else – 97 percent of New Yorkers – will see no income tax increase.


Contrary to misleading headlines, this does not cause millionaires to flee the state. In fact, there was a 54 percent increase in the number of tax filers who earned more than $1 million the last time New York imposed such a temporary surcharge.

“I rejected dozens of taxes and fees that would have nickel-and-dimed middle- and low-income New Yorkers and replaced them with an alternative that asks the wealthy to pay their fair share while fixing an outdated tax system.”
– Assemblywoman Millman

Assemblywoman Millman helped pass a state budget that protects hardworking families
“Our hardworking families can’t afford to be overburdened with taxes on necessities like clothing and footwear, and they shouldn’t be aggressively taxed for going to the movies, downloading music, watching cable television or buying gas. Piling another $2.1 billion in taxes onto the shoulders of New Yorkers was not the way to find our way out of this fiscal crisis.”
- Assemblywoman Millman
Assemblywoman Millman
Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman

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