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Letter: State’s elected officials don’t care about people

State’s elected officials don’t care about people

So, state legislators rushed to pass the budget on time so that they wouldn’t look like the center of dysfunction – so says The News. In my opinion, they look more like a bunch of overpaid elitist who don’t care about their constituents.

Two slaps in the face that I have read about got me quite upset. First, the $350 tax relief for families with kids. I helped put both of my kids through college, paying thousands to the SUNY system. Now my children have great jobs and are out of the house. I guess by New York standards I am secure financially. Not that $350 is going to help me much, but it’s the principle. An option would be to give people with no kids a $350 tax break on school taxes for a year since we don’t use the schools anymore.

The second slap is an even bigger issue to me. Four days before Christmas 2011, 50 of my workmates and I were locked out of work at a once major airline in Buffalo. Our jobs were subcontracted out to a company that hired college kids at minimum wage with no benefits. The minimum wage will now be raised, and besides losing my job of 37 years, I get to help pay the salary of the people who helped put me on the street.

Next Election Day, I suggest we get rid of all the incumbents who voted this budget in and put common lower- and middle-class people in their positions. People who care about their neighbors.

Sam Terranova