Protesters To Cuomo: Tax Ultra-Rich Hamptonites, Don't Slash Budget

Jul 31, 2020

Nearly 200 protesters carrying plastic pitchforks drove into the Hamptons in a caravan on Thursday to protest New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to close the budget gap by cutting school funding.

Meril Mousoom, a student organizer, said 118 billionaires living in the state should pay higher taxes, so she can go to school safely.

“Remote learning is going to be a disaster because how can we get protective equipment when everything’s being cut?” Mousoom said.

New York faces a $14 billion budget gap.

The protesters claim Cuomo has chosen to abandon working families when he could tax the ultra-rich instead.

More than 100 state lawmakers — including leaders in both chambers of the state Legislature — have pledged to block the cuts without a wealth tax.