Hawkins calls for “Green New Deal” WPA-style jobs program to put New Yorkers back to work

Hawkins calls for “Green New Deal” WPA-style jobs program to put New Yorkers back to work
Green Party Watch • September 13, 2010

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, said today that he would put the 800,000 New Yorkers who are unemployed back to work with a WPA-style jobs program.

“The Green jobs program is simple. Everyone who wants a living wage job shows up at the employment office and we put them to work rebuilding New York. We pay for it in three easy steps, while resolving the projected $9 billion state budget deficit for next year. First, we stop rebating $16 billion annually from the stock transfer tax to Wall Street speculators. Second, we raise $8 billion while giving 95% of us a tax cut by going back to the state income tax system that existed before Cuomo and Pataki gave huge tax breaks to the rich. Third, we raise $10 billion with a 50% tax on the bonuses that bankers gave themselves in NYS – after taxpayers spent a trillions of dollars bailing them out from their greed, criminal behavior and incompetency,” said Hawkins.

Hawkins also supports the establishment of a state-owned bank like North Dakota has to ensure access to credit for New York businesses, consumers, and students while guiding sustainable green economic development. North Dakota is one two states without a budget deficit and its bank always returns a profit while reinvesting its deposits in building the state’s economy.

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