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Protests Over Millionaire’s Tax Disrupt Budget Meeting In Albany

The New York Capitol Building in Albany
Pete Dzintars

In Albany, a hearing on the state budget was interrupted on Tuesday by protesters yelling, “Tax the Rich!”

Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Denny Farrell, D-Manhattan, whose party backs the call for more higher tax brackets for millionaires asked the protestors to leave, after they appeared for a second time.

“We gave you some time, enough,” Farrell said.

Meanwhile, Governor Cuomo, who wants to extend an existing income tax surcharge on New Yorkers making more than $1 million a year, in Binghamton defended his opposition to adding even more tax brackets.

“The fear is that you could raise taxes so high that people leave the state,” Cuomo said. “And I do believe there’s a tipping point.”

Cuomo said that no one has actually told him that they would leave.

Karen has covered state government and politics for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 New York and Connecticut stations, since 1990. She is also a regular contributor to the statewide public television program about New York State government, New York Now. She appears on the reporter’s roundtable segment, and interviews newsmakers.