Ah, the wisdom of the people: a Quinnipiac poll shows 79 percent of New York state residents approve of increasing taxes on millionaires. In fact, they approve of tax hikes on people making half a mil, and even a quarter mil, though by slimmer margins. The Albany Times-Union headlines this news “voters would prefer budget cuts to new taxes,” but they’re from upstate and not subject to our cosmopolitan class envy. They’re also right, but barely: 51 percent express such a sentiment. And though New Yorkers specifically disdain new gas and soda taxes, they approve of tax hikes on cigarettes and alcohol, and if we must raise taxes generally, they would prefer a sales tax to an increase in income tax. The first half of this poll, which showed Paterson getting his ass kicked, was released yesterday. Photo (cc) Tifotter.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 18, 2009