Printed in the Oneida Daily Dispatch:
I want a Green New Deal, one that builds on the economic rights that FDR championed to build upon his initial New Deal. If the private sector can’t provide jobs, then the government needs to put people to work — fixing up houses, taking care of the elderly and children, cleaning up our parks and neighborhoods, doing things to improve our quality of life.
We need a tax system where people support essential services based on their ability to pay. We don’t need New York’s present tax system with loopholes for the wealthy and multi-state big businesses and back-breaking high property and sales taxes for working families, those on fixed income, and small businesses.
Career politicians who cater to the needs of corporate special interests hold our state government captive. In recent years numerous lawmakers of both major parties in Albany have been guilty of corruption or forced to resign for unethical behavior.