How often do you wish that you could determine how the U.S. Government spends your tax dollars? What if you could decide directly where your dollars go? In Union Square, participants in the October 15th Penny Poll took the opportunity to register their thoughts on how Federal taxes should be spent. On this sunny, balmy … Continue reading How Would You Want Your Taxes Spent?
At noon this past Armistice Day, the Granny Peace Brigade, joined by the Veterans for Peace, held its third Penny Poll of 2021. 82 members of the public gave us their opinion about where they want the Federal Government to spend taxes it collects each year. Over $29 billion of the taxes collected from New … Continue reading Armistice Day Penny Poll A Success!
Before we were grounded by the pandemic GPB conducted several penny polls in 2012 to ask people how they would like their tax dollars spent. We gave passersby 20 pennies to distribute in eight possible tax categories. (See chart for categories) This October 2021 we went back into action. Some things had changed and something … Continue reading Choosing a Better World – with Granny Peace Brigade Penny Polls
Here's what we have for penny poll results with some comparison to the federal budget. Arts/culture 265 pennies 10% of total; Education 487 pennies 18% of total; Climate/Energy 520 pennies 19% of total; Healthcare 470 pennies 17% of total; Housing 383 pennies 14% of total; Jobs 250 pennies 9% of total; Transportation 211 pennies 8% … Continue reading October 6 Penny Poll Tally
On Wednesday, October 6 the GPB conducted our first penny poll since the pandemic chased us off the streets. The weather was fine and we'd assembled a great team. The penny poll is our way of asking passersby on the sidewalks of New York how they would allocate federal tax dollars. We give people twenty … Continue reading Penny Poll, October 6, Union Square
Friday, October 12, 2012 Ms. Gizmo had another good day in Harlem, a little different this time. Well, every day is different. (Click on the photos for larger images.) However, Friday Ms. Gizmo shared her table with Voter Registration. After all, this was the last day to register for voting. As many as 24 people … Continue reading Ms. Gizmo on the Last Day for Voter Registration
On Friday, September 14, 2012 Ms. Gizmo went to 125th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem, and a good time was had by all. (Click on the photos for larger images.) The people of the neighborhood were sympathetic to our survey, and those who participated did so with enthusiasm. One woman thought so highly of … Continue reading Spend Tax Dollars on Education, Jobs, Housing!
Ms. Gizmo returned today to a favorite place – the East Harlem Teen Fair, organized each August by City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito with other sponsors. Teen Service agencies set up information tables along East 104th Street and every year the turnout grows. (Click on the photos for larger images.) In this family setting, teenagers … Continue reading Ms. Gizmo at the East Harlem Teen Fair
We were in the shade in Verdi Square, but barely a leaf was moving. In spite of the temperature and the sultry day, folks stopped to register their opinions and discuss the needs of we the people. (Click on the photos for larger images.) Big sister telling little sister (hidden by the tubes), with grandmother … Continue reading Ms. Gizmo in Verdi Square
(Click on the photos for larger images.) The weather forecast predicted rain, wind and a possible tornado on Thursday, July 26th but the sky cleared long enough for the latest visit by Mz Gizmo to City Hall Park. In this election year when domestic issues are forefront in most people's minds, Mz Gizmo was the … Continue reading How Would We Spend Our Tax Dollars?