Citizen Action: Budget is Blarney

By Erika Mahoney

March 17, 2014 Updated Mar 17, 2014 at 6:24 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As New York representatives and senators work to compromise on a state budget, local political activists are working to ensure their voices are heard.

On Monday, about a dozen people gathered in front of the State Office Building in downtown Binghamton to protest Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget.

The group used St. Patrick's Day as a platform to spread their message by shouting "The Budget is Blarney."

They are calling on Cuomo to restore proposed tax cuts and put money into schools, local governments and services. They say the budget favors the rich.

"This budget right now is giving huge tax breaks to the billionaires, to the banks, and estate tax cuts that are really helping the richest of New Yorkers and increasing the income inequality." said Citizen Action Regional Director, Mary Clark.

Over the next few weeks, Citizen Action plans to continue their protests to make their voices heard as the legislatures decide on a budget.

The state budget is due April 1.

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