Mayor DeBlasio released a new plan to add a “nearly 14 percent tax increase on high-income Big Apple residents” in order to raise money for various transportation projects. It is projected to raise $800 million/year and would be used to pay for subway repairs, bus system upgrades, and low-income train rides.
DeBlasio pitched a city income tax hike that “would raise the rate for individuals making more than $500,000 and married couples earning over $1 million from 3.876 percent to 4.41 percent.” That translates into ” an additional $2,700 levy on an individual earning $1 million a year, and an additional $8,000 on an individual earning $2 million.”
Using quintessential class warfare speech, DeBlasio invoked Obama’s favorite phrases about the “top 1 percent” who “can afford to do a bit more” arguing that “a transit system that works makes New York City’s economy strong and benefits us all.” What he forgot to mention is that New York City is already one of the top tax-heavy localities in the United States for high income earners, who fork over 50% of their income in combined city, state, and federal taxes. Ridiculous, money-grubbing schemes like these continue to be the reason why the wealthy continue their mass exodus from the area.