OSWEGO – Speak Out Central New York rallied today (April 20) outside an Oswego event attended by Congressman John Katko. The informational rally denounced Katko’s ongoing misinformation campaign about the impact of the Republican tax scam for Central New Yorkers, according to a spokesperson for Speak Out CNY.
“We staged a protest across the street from the venue,” Oswego County Legislator Tom Drumm, a member of the Minority Caucus, told Oswego County Today. “We had great representation from the local Democratic Party as well as activists groups, including We the People Oswego’s Indivisible, Knit the 24 and the SUNY Oswego Young Democrats. We had roughly 25 people there.”
“No matter what lies Congressman Katko tries to sell us, Central New Yorkers know the truth: the Republican tax scam is nothing more than a reward for wealthy campaign donors and corporations, and a massive burden for hardworking American families,” said Jordan Harcleroad of the SUNY Oswego Young Democrats. “We already know that the benefits of this tax break are going straight to the coffers of executives and shareholders, at three times the rate they’re going to workers. Central New York deserves an honest representative that works for us, not the richest fraction of the country.”
Katko has repeatedly made demonstrably false claims that the Republican tax scam is raising worker wages, but the real impact of Katko’s vote on the bill is a very different picture: the top 1 percent of American households will see three times the tax break that will go to the bottom 60 percent, Harcleroad said.
In addition to adding $1.5 trillion in federal costs over the next decade – at a time when the country will desperately need new revenue to cover the cost of baby boomers entering retirement and growing healthcare costs – the Trump Tax offers the richest 1 percent an average tax break of $61,100, compared to just $400 for the bottom 60 percent of households, he added.
In Katko’s district, the average tax cut for the top 1 percent is $29,890, more than half the median annual income for the district overall.
Speak Out CNY is dedicated to educating and empowering Central New Yorkers through grassroots organizing, digital advocacy, and community partnerships.
By advocating for policies that help working families make ends meet, they aim to encourage members of Congress to protect health care and work to expand economic opportunity.