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    What

  • People's State of the State
  • When

  • January 03, 2012

January 3, 2012: People’s State of the State

Hunger Action’s 22nd annual meeting will address the growing problem of income inequality. Other issues included raising the state minimum wage to at least $10 an hour; getting the final year of the raise in the welfare basic grant; closing corporate tax loopholes; strengthen the state safety net; a state single payer health care program; and job creation.

    What

  • AQE Tees Off On The State Of The Schools
  • When

  • January 03, 2012

January 3, 2012: AQE Tees Off On The State Of The Schools

State of the Schools 2012 AQE

With Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State address coming right up, the Alliance For Quality Education is out with their own take on the school situation in New York via the video [above].

In something of a pre-emptive strike, AQE is already going after the too-strong emphasis on testing they expect the sophomore governor to promote, and also expresses support for a Regents proposal to prioritize funding for high-needs schools.

“If New York can make it’s (sic, d’oh!) tax code fairer, there’s no reason it can’t do the same for its school funding system,” said AQE’s Nikki Jones in an email.

Article source: New York Daily News.

Video source: New York Daily News.

    What

  • Corporate Tax Loophole/Corporate Tax Reform Press conference
  • When

  • January 09, 2012
  • Where

  • LCA Press Room at the Legislative Office Building.

January 9, 2012: Corporate Tax Loophole/Corporate Tax Reform Press conference

*The press conference will take place in the LCA Press Room at the Legislative Office Building.*

Community, labor, student, faith and Occupy organizations will jointly call on Governor Cuomo and the Legislature to close corporate loopholes and start corporate tax reform efforts that will raise over a billion dollars for this year’s state budget and make New York’s corporate tax structure more effective and more fair.

The same groups that worked together last year on the “Millionaires Tax” and PIT reform will be working to make corporate tax reforms a key goal for this year’s state budget.

Just as Governor Cuomo and the Legislature took steps to make sure New Yorkers making $40,000 per year weren’t paying the same rate as New Yorkers making $4 million per year, we’ve got to make sure that local small businesses aren’t paying higher corporate tax rates than huge firms like Citigroup and General Electric — bodegas and car repair shops shouldn’t pay more than hedge funds and big banks.

Speakers include:

Michael Mulgrew, President, United Federation of Teachers
Andy Pallotta, Executive VP, New York State United Teachers
Ken Brynien, President, Public Employees Federation
Bishop Howard Hubbard & Reverend Frances Rosenau, Labor-Religion Coalition
Ron Deutsch, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness
Frank Mauro, Fiscal Policy Institute
Michael Kink, Strong Economy for All Coalition
Billy Easton, Alliance for Quality Education
Ivette Alfonso, Citizen Action of New York
Bobby Tolbert, VOCAL-NY
Michael Stoller, Human Services Council
Shelly Nortz, Coalition for the Homeless
Angelica Clarke, New York Students Rising
Colin Donnaruma, Occupy Albany

Contact Ron Deutsch, 518.469.6769, or Charlie Albanetti, 518.595.9047, for more info.

CONVENED BY 99% NY CAMPAIGN * GROWING TOGETHER NY * STRONG ECONOMY FOR ALL COALITION * NEW YORKERS FOR FISCAL FAIRNESS * FISCAL POLICY INSTITUTE

    What

  • First Things First 2012: Protect Our Children’s Schools, Not Corporate Greed
  • When

  • January 10, 2012

January 10, 2012: First Things First 2012: Protect Our Children’s Schools, Not Corporate Greed

Join parents and students from across the state at “First Things First 2012”, a speak out and demonstration to demand:

-An opportunity to learn to ensure college and career readiness for ALL students
-Investment in quality early childhood education
-Affordable and quality public colleges and universities

Our children have lost quality programs and teachers, and college tuition has increased while corporations receive billions of dollars in tax loopholes! Demand that the Governor and the Legislature close corporate tax loopholes in order to generate revenue to restore the state’s cuts to education.

Call 518-432-5315 to R.S.V.P.

Sponsored by: Alliance for Quality Education

    What

  • TWU Contract Expiration Rally & Remembrance
  • When

  • January 15, 2012

January 15, 2012: TWU Contract Expiration Rally & Remembrance

Local 100, the largest local of the Transport Workers Union of America, represents virtually all public transportation employees, as well as, other private transportation lines, para-transit and school bus companies. These workers need to know that their local leaders and groups are supporting them as they fight for a fair contract!

Hosted by: TWU Local 100

    What

  • Support Cablevision Workers Union - Manhattan Event
  • When

  • January 16, 2012
  • Where

  • Madison Square Garden

January 16, 2012: Support Cablevision Workers Union – Manhattan Event

Support Cablevision Workers

285 Cablevision technicians are based in Brooklyn. Currently, their annual salaries average roughly $45,000 (though many earn closer to $25,000 yearly). Workers are subject to arbitrary discipline and favoritism by managers, their health care coverage is inadequate and expensive, and they have only inadequate 401(k) retirement plans. Safety and working conditions are also bad.

Cablevision workers need a union. But Cablevision has been intimidating workers out of forming one. Already, two pro-union workers have been disciplined. Pro-union workers have lost their overtime. CWA will be filing charges at the NLRB because of these illegal intimidation tactics.

…………………………

Join with Cablevision workers and Reverend Al Sharpton as we confront Cablevision’s CEO James Dolan at Madison Square right after the Knicks game at Madison Square Garden.

Dolan owns the Knicks and MSG. The Cablevision COO made $28 million last year, which is twice as much as the entire payroll of Brooklyn’s Cablevision employees.

Their union election is January 26th.

    What

  • Expanded Coalition to Call on City Council to Pass Bill Protecting Public Health, Providing Relief for Families in Tough Economy
  • When

  • January 17, 2012
  • Where

  • steps of City Hall

January 17, 2012: Rally for Paid Sick Days

Expanded Coalition to Call on City Council to Pass Bill Protecting Public Health, Providing Relief for Families in Tough Economy

In a strong showing of support, small business owners and labor unions; doctors and health care practitioners; economists and workers; parents and New York City Council Members will rally for paid sick days on the steps of City Hall at 12 pm on Wednesday.

As numerous studies show the positive impact that paid sick days have on businesses and the economy, cities and states have been adopting paid sick days policies to help improve public health and bolster the economic recovery over the past year. Economists[1] say job retention policies like paid sick days help reduce unemployment and strengthen economic recovery.

Join the following community members at this rally for the 99%:

For more information, see the press release.

    What

  • Support Cablevision Workers Union - Brooklyn Event
  • When

  • January 19, 2012
  • Where

  • outside a Cablevision garage in Brooklyn at East 96th St and Ave D

January 19, 2012: Support Cablevision Workers Union – Brooklyn Event

Support Cablevision Workers

85 Cablevision technicians are based in Brooklyn. Currently, their annual salaries average roughly $45,000 (though many earn closer to $25,000 yearly). Workers are subject to arbitrary discipline and favoritism by managers, their health care coverage is inadequate and expensive, and they have only inadequate 401(k) retirement plans. Safety and working conditions are also bad.

Cablevision workers need a union. But Cablevision has been intimidating workers out of forming one. Already, two pro-union workers have been disciplined. Pro-union workers have lost their overtime. CWA will be filing charges at the NLRB because of these illegal intimidation tactics.

…………………………

Join Reverend Al Sharpton and Cablevision workers at a march and rally outside a Cablevision garage in Brooklyn at East 96th St and Ave D. We will march to a local church for an indoor rally with the Rev. Al Sharpton.

To get to the Cablevision garage, take the L train to Canarsie/Rockaway Parkway stop.

    What

  • Join R3, the Real Rent Reform Campaign at a rally at REBNY’s Annual Gala to tell them that the 99% will no longer subsidize the 1%
  • When

  • Thursday, January 19 at 6PM
  • Where

  • The NY Hilton Hotel, 53rd St. and 6th Ave.

January 19, 2012: Occupy REBNY

If anyone represents the 1% it is REBNY, the Real Estate Board of New York, an
organization of landlords and developers who are constantly trying to take more
money out of the pockets of working families and taxpayers.

They are demanding a $257 Million tax break, while we struggle under unfair rent laws,
foreclosures continue to take away our homes, and schools, seniors and hospitals all face
severe cuts. IT’S TIME TO SPEAK OUT AND FIGHT BACK!

Join R3, the Real Rent Reform Campaign at a rally at REBNY’s Annual Gala to tell them that the 99% will no longer subsidize the 1%.

OUR DEMANDS:

  • No more massive tax breaks for the 1%! Don’t pass J-51!
  • End vacancy Destabilization of Rent-Regulated Apartments
  • Pass MCI Reforms Now!
  • Stop the Landlords “Preferential Rent” Scam!

    What

  • Senate Joint Budget Hearings - Local Goverment
  • When

  • January 24, 2012 at 9:30am
  • Where

  • The Senate hearings take place in Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY

January 24, 2012: Senate Joint Budget Hearings – Local Goverment

You can also follow the hearings online at Livestream.

    What

  • Senate Joint Budget Hearings - Workforce Issues
  • When

  • January 25, 2012 at 10:00am
  • Where

  • The Senate hearings take place in Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY

January 25, 2012: Senate Joint Budget Hearings – Workforce Issues

You can also follow the hearings online at Livestream.

    What

  • Growing Together NY: Better Choice Budget Campaign 2012 Kick-Off Meeting
  • When

  • January 26, 2012

January 26, 2012: Growing Together NY: Better Choice Budget Campaign 2012 Kick-Off Meeting

With special guest:
Robert Megna
Director, NYS Division of the Budget

Mr. Megna will provide a presentation on the Executive Budget and then take questions and listen to concerns of audience members. This is a good opportunity to alert the Budget Director to changes you would like to see in the 30-day amendments.

(Lunch will be served)

Seating is limited so please reply ASAP to Patsy Dodge at dodgepatsyl@hotmail.com

We will also be discussing:
Joint coalition work for 2012
Our Corporate Tax Reform/Revenue Agenda for 2012

Hosted by New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness and the Fiscal Policy Institute.

    What

  • Senate Joint Budget Hearings - Transportation
  • When

  • January 26, 2012 at 10:00am
  • Where

  • The Senate hearings take place in Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY

January 26, 2012: Senate Joint Budget Hearings – Transportation

You can also follow the hearings online at Livestream.

    What

  • Take Down the Tax Dodgers: On Thursday the 26th, We strike back for the 99%.
  • When

  • January 26, 2012 at 5:00pm
  • Where

  • West St. and Barclay St., New York, New York

January 26, 2012: Take Down the Tax Dodgers

For too long, the forces of the 1% have been subjugating the populace of our fair city. These Tax Dodgers have bee working to tear down our Middle Class.

Over the last three years Verizon paid $52 million to their lobbyists while actually getting a rebate on their federal income taxes!!

That is why we are going to Verizon Corporate Headquarters fighting back for the 99%.

Hosted by: United NY and sponsored by Strong Economy for All and 99% New York.

For more information, visit the Facebook page.

Download the flyer and tell your organization about the event.

    What

  • Join us at a meeting to share information and discuss strategy for implementing Public Financing of Elections in New York State in 2012. Find out the simple things you can do to make this happen this year and WHY its critical to all the campaigns you work on!
  • When

  • January 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm
  • Where

  • UAW Conference Rooms at 256 W 38th St New York, NY -- 12th floor

January 26, 2012: Public Financing of Elections in New York State:Campaign Strategy Session

Community, Labor, Reform, Faith and Advocacy groups working together to change NYS elections

We’ve got our best chance in many years to actually pass major campaign finance reform. Governor Cuomo has added it to his 2012 agenda, put it on the top of his list of reforms, and committed in his State of the State to passing a bill implementing public financing this year. Speaker Silver is on our side as well. And Leader Skelos can be convinced to accept reform – with your help. If we are going to advance social and economic justice in NY – we need elections for the 99% – not the 1%. Come find out more.

You, your staff and activists are invited to this group meeting. Come, learn about the issue, what you can do to help and share ideas for how we can achieve this long-sought goal this spring.

RSVP to Citizen Action of New York: rsvp@citizenactionny.org

    What

  • Senate Joint Budget Hearings - Public Protection
  • When

  • January 30, 2012 at 9:30am
  • Where

  • The Senate hearings take place in Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY

January 30, 2012: Senate Joint Budget Hearings – Public Protection

You can also follow the hearings online at Livestream.

    What

  • The Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) is pleased to invite you to attend one of two presentations of our analysis of Governor Cuomo’s 2012-13 Executive Budget
  • When

  • Tuesday, January 31, 2012 from 8AM to 10AM
  • Where

  • The Albany Room, on the concourse level of the Empire State Plaza

January 31, 2012: Fiscal Policy Institute: Briefing on Cuomo’s 2012-13 Executive Budget

The Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) is pleased to invite you to attend one of two presentations of our analysis of Governor Cuomo’s 2012-13 Executive Budget:

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 from 8AM to 10AM (Albany, NY)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 from 2:30PM to 5PM (New York City, NY)

Albany event:

The January 31, 2012, briefing in Albany will be held in the Albany Room, on the concourse level of the Empire State Plaza, with a full breakfast buffet and briefing materials available beginning at 8 a.m. and our presentation beginning at 8:30 a.m.

There is no charge for either of the briefings but space is limited and advance registration is necessary.

Register by sending an e-mail message to info@fiscalpolicy.org with your name, organization, contact information and the date(s) of the briefing(s) you will be attending.

For information about the Fiscal Policy Institute and copies of FPI’s publications, please visit www.fiscalpolicy.org.

If you have questions about economic or fiscal issues or if you would like to request a speaker for an event, please contact us by telephone or e-mail (stated below).

Frank Mauro
518-786-3156
mauro@fiscalpolicy.org

James Parrott
212-721-5624
parrott@fiscalpolicy.org

    What

  • Senate Joint Budget Hearings - Economic Development
  • When

  • January 31, 2012 at 9:30am
  • Where

  • The Senate hearings take place in Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY

January 31, 2012: Senate Joint Budget Hearings – Economic Development

You can also follow the hearings online at Livestream.

    What

  • Legislative Briefing on Corporate Tax Loopholes
  • When

  • January 31, 2012 at 1:00pm

January 31, 2012: Legislative Briefing on Corporate Tax Loopholes

This workshop will feature a presentation by Matt Gardner, Executive Director of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and co-author of the recent report, “.”

If you are interested in attending, please e-mail your name and contact information to dodgepatsyl@hotmail.com by Monday morning, January 30th.

For additional information on the workshop or on corporate tax reform issues in New York State, contact Frank Mauro at 518-786-3156 or Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness at 518-452-2130.

Sponsored by NYS AFL-CIO, the Fiscal Policy Institute and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness.

    What

  • Press Conference: Corporate Tax Reform
  • When

  • January 31, 2012 at 11:00am
  • Where

  • LCA Press Room of the Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY.

January 31, 2012: Press Conference: Corporate Tax Reform

Legislators and researchers help frame the conversation around corporate tax loopholes, and why we need to focus on this issue. The conference will take place in the LCA Press Room of the Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY.

Speakers include:

  • Ron Deutsch, Frank Mauro and Matt Gardner—Explanation of tax loopholes that we can close in New York State this year
  • Assemblyman William Colton—Enforcing tax laws on real estate partnerships
  • Tim Brennan—Reforming the corporate minimum tax