Just when you thought Democrats couldn’t get any more blatant in their policies to help those who fund their campaigns, New York’s Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo just did something that proves he could care less about the bulk of New York’s taxpayers by adding a provision in the state budget that officially makes union dues completely tax-deductible.
The provision will not help every union worker, just those making over $100,000 a year and work in fields such as construction, police officers, firefighters, and teachers will be able to itemize their deductions on their states tax returns, according to E.J. McMahon of the Empire Center for Public Policy.
The cost of New York’s taxpayers? $35 million a YEAR!
Union bosses were quick to praise the governor for the handout.
“We welcome this, particularly at a time when the right of working people to join a union is increasingly under attack,” Mario Cilento, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization of New York, told the New York Daily News. “This new benefit will help us in our fight to continue to grow the middle class” he claimed.
But the critics were quick to point out how this will hurt cities such as Albany that are already being crippled by the governor’s $15 minimum wage law. “It’s unbelievable Albany could even come up with another way to pay off politically powerful unions, but they did,” said Doug Kellogg of Reclaim New York.
While other critics pointed out how this only helps those in high-income positions while doing pretty much nothing for the average union worker.
“Most New York union workers — such as home health aides, school bus drivers, office clerks, along with public employees in upstate rural areas and small cities — won’t save anything from this new deduction,” E.J. McMahon, research director for the non-partisan Empire Center, asserted.
The average savings for a typical union worker will be around $67 per year! McMahon was quoted as saying for those workers the provision is “not so much a giveaway as a gratuity.”
“Think of it as a dinner and a movie on the taxpayers dime,” McMahon said, characterizing the eleventh-hour provision as an “indirect subsidy for the state’s most politically powerful unions.”
So for union workers, if you think you’re getting any help from this provision, think of it as a one dinner trip for the year on the taxpayer dollar. However, if you are earning over $100,000 a year, consider yourself one of the few who’s capable of benefiting from the $35 million handout at taxpayers expense.