The Trump tax scam — approved by the Senate over the weekend while the nation slept — is an unprecedented act of class warfare. Literally hand-written for the top 1%, it comes at a cost of billions to working families.
That’s why Democrats in the New York state legislature should be presenting the strongest possible unified front, from the very first day of the 2018 legislative session. But right now, that’s not happening.
Eight state senators who were elected as Democrats — the IDC — remain in an alliance with Republicans that keeps Republicans in control of the state Senate.
The state Democratic Party proposed a deal for them to return to the fold, but not until after the state budget is finalized at the end of March. That means accepting one more Republican budget in Albany — exactly when we most need a progressive budget to fight back against Trump’s tax scam.
The reason given is that Democrats are expected to regain their numerical majority following two special elections to replace senators who won other offices this November.
But here’s the truth: Cuomo has the sole power to decide the timing of the special elections. Instead of holding them as soon as possible, he proposes to delay them until after this year’s budget is done.
With the devastation that Trump and Republicans are unleashing, that is just not acceptable. We are calling on Governor Cuomo to call special elections with no delay and do everything in his power to force a unified progressive majority in the Senate. Will you join us?
With a Democratic Senate, we can begin work on passing WFP’s resistance agenda to oppose Trump’s right-wing attacks.
New York could pass a 2018 budget that includes increased revenues from a millionaire’s tax and closure of the carried interest loophole so we can fully fund mass transit, healthcare, and our public schools and universities.
New York could reform rent laws to preserve affordable housing, and pass critical democratic reforms including voting rights and public financing of elections. We can be leaders in the fights against climate change, and for a criminal justice system that works for all our communities. And we can pass the DREAM Act and the restoration of driver’s licenses for all New Yorkers.
The governor has the responsibility to ensure all New Yorkers have representation during the budget process. We can’t let another budget cycle go by with Republicans calling the shots in Albany. There’s just too much at stake.