WXXI Local Stories
Fri October 21, 2011
Occupy Albany Protesters Want Millionaire's Tax Extended
By Karen DeWitt
Albany, New York –
Occupy Albany protesters gathered Friday in a park across from the State Capitol, and some turned their dissatisfaction toward Governor Cuomo's stance against renewing a tax on millionaires.
The 100 or so protesters gathered in the city park near the Capitol had various concerns; clean energy , jobs, and for some, Governor Andrew Cuomo's opposition to renewing an income tax surcharge on millionaire's , which is set to expire at the end of the year.
Joe Seeman, who brought his eleven year old son along to experience the gathering, says the governor should change his mind.
"Governor Cuomo needs to ask himself does he want to get re-elected," said Seeman. "We want the millionaires to be taxed instead of cutting back on teachers."
Cuomo maintains that an income tax hike on the wealthy would hurt the state's economy. He does support President Obama's plan for a nationwide income tax increase on the rich.