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This Week in the PSC (12.12.11): Albany Has Moved on Taxes, but Not Enough

Dec 13, 2011

Albany Has Moved on Taxes, but Not Enough

On December 7th, the Legislature passed a bill revamping the State tax structure. In her statement reacting to the tax deal, PSC President Barbara Bowen noted that although the plan represents some progress, it will not generate enough money to restore funding and meet the needs of higher education, health care, mass transit, and other human services in New York. The legislation “must be the beginning, not the end, of a public conversation on how to solve the economic crisis in this state,” she said. Read the full statement.

Advocate for PSC Priorities in Albany

Talk with your State lawmakers in Albany about PSC priorities next year. The union works with our state-wide affiliate, NYSUT, on a series of concentrated advocacy days: March 5-6, March 19-20 and May 7-8. We need you there! Transportation, food and housing costs are covered by NYSUT. Reserve your spot. Please contact Amanda Magalhaes to learn more and sign up to participate.

No One Can Predict the Moment of Revolution: Films from Occupy Wall Street (So Far)

This Friday, December 16 at 6:00 PM, on the eve of the three-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, PSC’s Labor Goes to the Movies will host a special event: a screening of films and media from Occupy Wall Street. The evening will include an introduction to the films, and a discussion afterwards on the role of media in social justice movements and the emergence of crowd-sourced documentary films. Some of the featured filmmakers and video journalists will be present. Learn more.

More Photos of Members in Action

In the last few days, PSC members have been especially visible at events across the city in support of our members, our students and the cause of social and economic justice. Photos are posted on and Facebook from these events and more: a news conference and hearing in support of a New York State Dream Act and related legislation improving access to college for undocumented immigrant students, a PSC forum on how race affects career trajectories at CUNY and a march to defend voting rights.

Join the Conversation

We’ve opened the website for your comments on important issues. With so many members deeply informed and committed to issues of public policy, we welcome the chance to hear from—and learn from—you. Please join the conversation by clicking on the “Comments” link following the website articles about President Bowen’s statement on Albany’s tax deal and PSC Secretary Arthurine Desola’s testimony urging the State Assembly to support TAP aid for undocumented immigrant students.

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