ALBANY, N.Y. Oct. 2, 2013 — New York State United Teachers President Richard C. Iannuzzi today released the following statement on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's appointment of a Tax Relief Commission:
"NYSUT welcomes the new Tax Relief Commission and looks forward to its collaboration with the Tax Reform and Fairness Commission. I am confident that an unbiased and comprehensive review of the state's taxation policy will lead to a fuller understanding of the unfair tax burden placed on the shrinking middle class in New York state, and a realization that a significantly more progressive income tax and less-destructive property tax cap are key factors in achieving wide-scale economic growth. Wealth inequality and income inequality must be addressed by government action if we are to reach the shared prosperity all New Yorkers deserve."
NYSUT, the state's largest union, represents more than 600,000 teachers, school-related professionals, academic and professional faculty in higher education, professionals in education and health care and retirees. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.