Dr. King’s Philosophies Continue to Inspire the Work We Do in the Assembly
January 10, 2012
On Monday, Jan. 16, we will once again honor one of our nation’s greatest civil rights leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His passion for equality and opportunity for all, coupled with the courage with which he opposed social injustice, continue to serve as an example for us all. I’m committed to helping his legacy live on through my work in the Assembly. While we made some important strides toward that end, we still have much work to do. In his famous “I Have A Dream” speech, Dr. King said, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’” Unfortunately, that idea of equality, fairness and opportunity is still out of reach for too many hardworking New Yorkers. Many people living in poverty and without financial security have real barriers in their way to climbing out of this situation. And America’s promise of a better life gets further out of reach. That’s why the Assembly Majority unveiled a multi-faceted plan to rebuild the ladder to economic security. There are three tenets to the plan:
- increase the minimum wage;
- meet the statutory state commitment of 40 percent of the operational budgets of our community colleges. Despite the law, only once in four decades has the state fully met that obligation; and
- cut income taxes for working families earning less than $30,000 annually and eliminate taxes for working families earning less than $25,000.