Kevin Parker waxes biblical on taxes

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Briefing: Parker. (Azi Paybarah)
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For 25 minutes, New York State Senators listened to one of their colleagues, Kevin Parker, talk about tax policy, going way back.

"There's an interesting history in how property taxes have been created," Parker said at one point. "There weren't always taxes."

Then he referenced Genesis, and talked about how Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden, where there were no tax collectors.

What Parker was doing, as Jon Campbell reports, was filibustering. Republicans were blocking Democrats from passing a resolution in support of the federal DREAM Act, and others dealing with women's issues, so the Democrats blocked the Republicans from doing anything, for a while.

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Kevin Parker's speech today. [NYsenateUncut]

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