PLATTSBURGH — Congressional candidate Matt Doheny is challenging his opponents to take a pledge not to raise taxes.
He noted that New York features some of the highest tax rates in the country and that the 21st District has a high jobless rate.
“In the 21st Congressional District, we suffer some of the highest unemployment rates in America. That shouldn’t be surprising when you consider that Sunday, May 4th, is New York’s Tax Freedom Day,” Doheny said in a statement.
“Tax Freedom Day is the day when the average state taxpayer has earned enough money to pay his or her total tax bill for the year. Sadly, New Yorkers are among the last to earn their freedom, with only New Jersey and Connecticut taxpayers still to go.
“It’s plainly obvious that the collective weight of federal, state and local taxes is stifling employment and opportunity, with the most onerous of the federal tax burden coming from Obamacare.”
Doheny’s comments were spurred by the federal report on employment, issued Friday, that showed 288,000 jobs were added in April.
The unemployment rate also fell from 6.7 to 6.3 percent, the lowest since September of 2008.
The decline, however, came partly because the labor force, which includes those working and looking for jobs, shrank by about 806,000, according to the report.
Doheny said the report is misleading.
“Today’s jobs report from the Department of Labor would at first glance appear positive, but the sad truth is that much of the drop in the unemployment rate occurred because an estimated 800,000 Americans stopped looking for work and exited the labor force,” he said.
“Our labor participation rate stands at only 62.8 percent, the lowest since the Carter (former President Jimmy Carter 1977-81) years.
“With 3.5 million Americans long-term unemployed, the plain fact is too many workers are giving up on the job hunt out of sheer frustration.”