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Rivera Credits OWS For New Thinking on Taxes
December 1st, 2011

“I believe Occupy Wall Street changed the national dialogue,” said Sen. Gustavo Rivera. “The conversations we were having 6 months ago got no traction. But things have changed because of what the folks at Zuccotti Park Started.”

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is considering altering the tax code so that the wealthy would pay more and the poor would pay less. He was grilled on the subject by NY Post editor Fred Dicker and Cuomo refused to rule out the possibility of a tax hike for the wealthy.

“Ive always believed we need a more progressive tax system,” said Rivera. “I’m glad to hear the Cuomo administration seems to be open to it. We have the greatest economic disparity in New York. The economic gap is as bad as it was was in the depression.”

*Update* Rivera’s spokesperson says Rivera was speaking about OWS’ impact on the national dialogue and not specifically about Cuomo’s new thinking on the tax code. However, his response was to a question specifically about Cuomo’s new thinking.

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