Dear Brothers and Sisters,

**Breaking!** Today, we did a last minute motorcade around the Gov. office with posters, Tax the Rich Not the Poor!, and the Governor announced he would support a one of the three taxes we have been calling for - tax on luxury second homes (also called pied a terre tax) - which would bring in $650 Million to the state. Instead of hurting 25,000 workers and still leaving the MTA underfunded, there would be enough money through this tax on the super rich to allow an exemption for yellows and greens!

Check out video of our motorcade on our Facebook!

It's working!!!  KEEP UP THE PRESSURE! 

We have posters on 500+ taxis as of today.  Keep them on and spread the word for all drivers to PICK UP YOUR POSTER at the office or at the JFK Lot!  Let's get to 5,000 taxis with posters as we build up to our March 20th Albany Day Action!  It's simple, but it's powerful.   You can pick up  new  posters at the office (Mon-Fri 12pm - 8pm) and the JFK Taxi & FHV Lot! 

And get ready to go to Albany WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20th! Sign up at this link!!

One month of suffering under the Congestion Surcharge.  Incomes already down 15%.  One month of silence from the Governor.   So we announced a motorcade last night at 11pm and by this morning, there was already a fortress around the Gov's office with barricades and police on every corner and side.  But that's ok, because we let the horns and signs do our talking - and you better believe a bunch of cab drivers weren't going to let our motorcade line be broken up!

They won't break our spirits.  But we will break their silence.  

Our actions are working, our movement is growing! DRIVER POWER, UNION POWER! 
Yellows and Greens should be exempt from the Congestion Surcharge so drivers can survive. Another way is possible: three taxes on the SUPER RICH would raise $6 Billion for the State!
1) $3.5 Billion from Closing the income tax loopholes for hedge fund managers (people who sell stocks don't have to pay income tax on all of their sales).
2) $2.3 Billion a multi millionaires' tax. Right now, income above $1 million is all taxed the same rate. New tax would set up new tax brackets so $2, $5, $100 million income would be taxed at their own bracket rater than at $1 million.
3) $650 Million from luxury second home tax
on homes valued at $5 million or more and are not the main home where the owner lives.
Governor Cuomo: 518-474-8390
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie: 518-455-3791
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins: 518-455-2585  

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