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Teachers want tax hikes

Why in the world would teachers want their districts to raise your taxes?

Think about it. If they can collect more money from residents, the teachers can continue getting raises.

Last week, the New York State United Teachers, the state’s teachers union, sued the state and maintained that NY’s new property tax cap is unconstitutional.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax cap, which was approved by the Legislature in 2011, limits increases in local school tax levies to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

But I doubt that NYSUT will overturn the governor’s statewide tax cap.

Unshackle Upstate, a business and trade advocacy organization, quickly condemned the union’s lawsuit, maintaining that the tax cap can help hold down taxes in a state where taxes are among the nation’s highest.

Not prone to mincing words, Unshackle Upstate accurately characterized NYSUT’s legal action as an “attack” on taxpayers.

Now what will taxpayers do to fight back?

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