Bad policies have helped the rich get richer, while leaving everyone else behind. Our state and federal governments can raise the money for better schools, quality health care and human services by asking the richest people to pay their fair share through fair taxes.
Money matters for low-income students and students of color who are being left behind at alarming rates. Instead of cutting back on education, we need to protect our kids' future with programs like pre-K and after-school, and prepare them for college.
The public’s needs and interests must come before corporate profits. We need to continue to reform the insurance industry, expand affordable coverage and develop policies that reduce racial and ethnic disparities in New York’s health care system.
Our campaign finance system gives wealthy special interests enormous influence over our government. We need public financing of elections to make sure that our elected officials are accountable to the people.
Our federal government must invest in infrastructure, our schools, and green jobs, instead of funding tax breaks for big corporations. At least a million jobs should be created, including in communities facing the most severe unemployment.
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