PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2021 


Biden revokes permit for Keystone XL Pipeline; Dr. Anthony Fauci expresses relief at being able to speak honestly about COVID-19.


2021Talks - January 22, 2021 


Cabinet appointments moving along: SecDef nominee Lloyd Austin's Senate confirmation may come today. Tribal reaction to Biden's permit cancellation of Keystone XL Pipeline, plus new details on COVID-response.

Solving the Massive State Budget Shortfall

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to www.newsservice.org
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

December 11, 2008

New York, NY — Tolls are going up and property taxes are on the rise, while key state programs still face the budget axe. But now there's another suggestion: New York should reinstate a progressive state income tax, meaning higher tax rates for higher incomes. That's part of the advice Gov. David Paterson will get today at a regional budget hearing.

Lisa Tyson, director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, says if more New Yorkers paid their fair share, it would reduce or eliminate the need to increase tolls and property taxes. She says the roots of the state's budget mess go back to the 1980s, when lawmakers killed higher tax brackets.

"So, someone who makes $40,000 is paying the same tax rate as someone who makes $400,000, and that's just wrong. We need to restore that funding and restore fairness in taxes."

Paterson will announce his budget plan early next week. He has said raising taxes would only exacerbate the budget crisis.

Democrats gained control of the state Senate in the November election. Tyson believes that could shift the tide in Albany in favor of a progressive state tax. She notes that as a lawmaker, Paterson favored progressive income tax proposals. She hopes that, as governor, he will return to that position.

"How does he cut as much as possible, how does he cut the fat out of the budget? That could be his strategy right now, saying 'no new taxes.' But to deal with a $12.5 billion deficit, new taxes are necessary—-there's just no choice."

Tyson will testify in favor of the progressive tax structure, similar to the federal income tax structure, at today's regional budget hearing. It begins at 11 a.m. at Brookhaven Town Hall.

Michael Clifford/Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NY