The state of New York is already one of the most expensive places to live in the United States, and that’s especially true for its major hub, New York City.
According to most high-tax ranking charges, New York falls within the top three most expensive states, aligning with California and Illinois.
The biggest reason for that is because the state is run by tax-and-spend Democrats, who are especially good at taking money earned by working people and giving it away to others who have no right to it.
And some of the biggest recipients of taxpayer money are people who are in the state — and the country — illegally.
A year ago, the newly-empowered Democrat majority passed The Dream Act, which gives illegal aliens access to taxpayer-funded student aid and scholarships, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars.
A month later, in February, Democrats began pushing for a new law that would provide “virtually free, taxpayer-financed healthcare to more than 400,000 adult illegal immigrants, the New York Post reported — at a cost of more than $500 million annually.
That, in conjunction with a law in New York City that guarantees basic medical care for illegal aliens through city-run hospitals.
And all of this as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo trimmed the budget because of a drop in state revenues of between $6 billion and $8 billion.
Why did revenues drop? Because taxpaying citizens are fleeing the tax hell that New York has become, thereby lowering the number of productive people in the state.
Where did the budget deficit come from? Mostly from over-spending on Medicaid. And now, New York Democrats want to give more taxpayer money away to people who aren’t even supposed to be in the country.
Well, that money’s got to come from somewhere, right? Of course. So, lawmakers are looking at new tax hikes, as well as some truly inventive — some would say insane — ways of raising additional revenue.
Like charging people to look at the stars. No, not even kidding.
Stargazing in state parks will now cost you money if you want to do it.
Unsurprisingly, the only two regimes to ever regulated stargazing have been the inquisition and @NYGovCuomo
— Sal the Agorist (@SallyMayweather) January 22, 2020
In case you were wondering if this is a real permit, it is: Check out this NY Parks and Recreation document, and you’ll find it listed. The fee is 35 bucks for a New York resident; but it leaps to $60 for out-of-state residents.
We can’t think of any reason why someone would travel to New York just to buy a “Stargazing Permit” when they can look at the stars through a telescope in their home state but hey, we’re not the experts in this stuff.
But there’s more craziness. According to the Parks and Rec document, if you want to dive into the water, you’re going to have to get a permit for that, too. It’s a “Regional Diving Permit” and it’s 80 bucks for in-state residents, $125 for out-of-state folks. And if you’re someone who likes to hunt for things using a metal detector, don’t think for one second you’re going to get to do it in a New York park for free: That’ll be 40 bucks.
Notes the Free Thought Project (we assume without a license to ‘note’):
Others are defending the permit in the thread, claiming that it allows people to enter the “closed parks” after hours. But they are clearly missing the point. If you can enter the park with a permit, then it’s not “closed” at all. It’s opened to anyone willing to be extorted or who can afford it. Those who are unable to pay the government or choose not to do so for the exact same activity will be arrested and or further extorted.
Like most Democrat-run states, New York doesn’t have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem.