RELEASE: AQE Responds to Tax Reform Agreement
Alliance for Quality Education Responds to Tax Reform Agreement
For Info: Nikki Jones, AQE Communications Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, (518) 432-5315, ext. 101
Statement by Billy Easton, Director of Alliance for Quality Education
“Today the Governor and the legislative leaders announced an agreement on a deal to restructure
the New York State tax code. This deal is projected to produce $2 billion in annual revenues
which is a significant step in the right direction. AQE applauds the Assembly Majority and
Senate Minority for consistently advocating tax fairness and adequate revenues. We appreciate
the fact that the Governor and the Senate Majority are responding to the demands of the 99% of
New Yorkers for tax fairness. However, we are concerned that $2 billion in revenues does not
fully address the $5 billion hole created by the elimination of the existing millionaire’s tax.
An essential measure of the effectiveness of this plan will be whether it allows the state to restore
the damaging and inequitable cuts that were made to schools across the state. We must get back
on track to meet our obligations to provide a quality education to all students—not only to some.
Throughout 2011 the Alliance for Quality Education has consistently pressed for tax fairness
that would produce the revenues New York needs to address quality education and other vital
community needs. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and hundreds of organizations
have joined together in these efforts. The demand for fairness and opportunity does not end
today. In schools across the state, especially in poor and middle class communities, class
sizes have jumped, and arts, music, sports and the quality of curriculum have been cut back.
We need to ensure that revenues are adequate to the needs our school children and the health
of our communities. Now the Governor and lawmakers must turn their attention to closing
corporate loopholes in the coming budget in order to allow us to adequately prioritize schools