Bad News Already Out of the Obamacracy

November 6, 2008

Dear God, the Obamacracy is starting its foot off poorly. Not only are we having international turmoil and a stock market scared of the Messiah, now we have this in my home city:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is going to cut the city work force by 3,000, but that’s just the beginning of the pain New Yorkers will feel as part of the fiscal crisis. A slew of new taxes are also on the agenda. 

There will be 1,000 fewer cops, but the city will hire 200 more traffic agents to give out $60 million a year in new block-the-box tickets. 

“The gravity of the budget situation requires us to propose both deep spending cuts and revenue increases,” Bloomberg said. 

The spending cuts mean reducing the city work force. The revenue increases mean taxes — lots of taxes. 

In the current fiscal year there’s the 7 percent property tax hike that starts in January — and the plan to renege on a promised $400 property tax rebate. 

“I think the people of the city are going to be enraged,” City Councilman Simcha Felder, D-Brooklyn, said. “They’ve been told the check is in the mail on the rebate.” 

To close budget gaps in the year that starts next July the mayor is thinking about a combination of sales tax increases and income tax hikes. 

“Every city agency must push each dollar further,” Bloomberg said. “We’re going to do that and doing that means making hard choices that will not be popular with everyone or perhaps anyone.” 

The mayor proposed raising the income tax by either 7.5 percent or 15 percent. 

At 7.5 percent a taxpayer making up between $50,000 and $75,000 would pay an additional $116. At 15 percent that same taxpayer would pony up an extra $233. 

“When people are suffering to tell them too bad you might suffer even more next year is telling them to eat cake next year,” Felder said. 

Added Councilman Lewis Fidler, D-Brooklyn: “Nobody likes to raise taxes and it’s not something I’m planning on doing unless I’m absolutely sure we’ve exhausted every other reasonable resource.” 

But not everyone thinks the tax hikes will help the city’s finances. 

“Increasing the personal income tax would be a disaster for the city,” said Nicole Gelinas of the Manhattan Institute. “It’s hard to overestimate that fact. We’ve already got the highest local personal income tax in the nation.” 

The mayor said he thought his proposals would generate some lively discussion with the City Council. 

Council Finance Chairman David Weprin, D-Queens, said he’s going to hold hearings on the tax proposals.

To put it into perspective, we New Yorkers are about to get hit with THREE income tax hikes. First, we have the city tax. Next we have the expiration of the Bush tax cuts which will affect EVERY tax payer. On top of that we will have the Obama tax hikes.

Remember, there are some states without an income tax – Alaska (you betcha!), Texas (yee haw!), Nevada (dingdingdingdingding), Florida (where’d my dentures go), New Hampshire (we’re only known for granite), South Dakota (not those hick Fargoers!), Tennessee (Jack Daniels neat with a side of freedom) and Wyoming (there;s nothing interesting about Wyoming except for golf and Dick Cheney). All these states have good homes for us so it may be time to take a look.


One comment

  1. How is this tied to Obama? Bloomberg is proposing this.

    This would have been announced even if McCain was elected. NYC is doing this due to Bush Economics Crusing the economy and causing the budget crises.

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