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April 10, 2003

Tax-and-spend advocates mount 'e-advocacy' to push higher taxes. So far, voters are unswayed: Polls consistently show the public opposes higher taxes

Even after high-profile rallies and marches in Albany and countless print and TV ads, tax-and-spend advocates have acknowledged the effectiveness of The Business Council's "electronic protest" against higher taxes by mounting a similar campaign in favor of higher taxes and more government spending.

At least one recent blast e-mail to a group favoring higher taxes warned tax-hike advocates that lawmakers in Albany have been receiving more letters from business leaders opposed to "job-killing taxes" than they are receiving from pressure groups favoring higher taxes.

The note is an apparent reference to The Council's e-advocacy campaign. As of April 10, The Council's "electronic protest" had attracted 1,434 visitors who had send 7,245 faxes to lawmakers in Albany urging them to reject tax increases.

The union Web page says that what it calls "the Better Choice Plan" calls for "protecting education, preserving quality health care and easing the burden on working families." It urges visitors to tell states lawmakers "to restore the devastating cuts to education, health care and our community."

The public remains skeptical.

Several recent polls of New Yorkers show that the ongoing high-profile efforts of tax-and-spend advocates are not convincing New Yorkers that higher taxes are a good idea.