Lawmakers Push for Social Justice in Cannabis Legalization Efforts

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As New Jersey’s legalization bill heads for a vote in the legislature with robust racial and social equity provisions this Monday, New York also considers the best path forward. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a plan to legalize, tax and regulate adult-use of recreational cannabis in the state’s budget, but some lawmakers are raising concerns that his proposal lacks what New …

Banishing Profit Is Bad for Your Health

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WSJ – March 19th House Democrats’ new Medicare for All bill asserts “a moral imperative. . . .to eliminate profit from the provision of health care.” The legislation specifies that federal health funding—virtually all health funding if the bill were to become law—may not be used for “the profit or net revenue of the provider.” That makes it more radical and less …

NYS 2019-20 Executive Budget Released

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From: NYCOM – Deputy Director Barbara Epps To: All Mayors, Managers, Administrators, Fiscal Officers and Attorneys The Governor released his 2019-20 Executive Budget yesterday afternoon for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2019. NYCOM will be sending you a comprehensive analysis of the Budget’s impact on cities and villages, but in the meantime, we wanted to highlight some of the …

Why NY’s property-tax cap faces a critical year.

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By:  Joseph Spector, Albany Chief USA Today Network ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to make the property-tax cap permanent in 2019, but he will face pressure from powerful special-interest groups and a new state Legislature who may not support his proposal. The cap is one of Cuomo’s top legislative achievements because it has slowed the growth of property taxes …

Lawsuit aims to block legislator’s pay raises.

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ALBANY — The constitutionality of a special committee that awarded state legislators their first salary increase in two decades is being challenged in court. A lawsuit filed Friday in state Supreme Court in Albany County by the conservative Government Justice Center argues that the process, which resulted in a 64 percent raise to lawmakers that will be phased in over three years, was …

New York – Gov. Andrew Cuomo Unveils his 2019 Justice Agenda

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Governor Cuomo, in a speech hosted by the Roosevelt Institute, urged the legislature to act in the first 100 days of the next year, on the following agenda: Ensure a Progressive Tax System:While the federal government prioritizes tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, Governor Cuomo believes in a just, progressive tax system that taxes its citizens based on their …

Albany Politics – Bad DA Bill May Be Killed

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A settlement between New York district attorney’s and the state has killed a criminal justice reform measure that would have created an independent body to investigate bad prosecutors. The District Attorneys Association of the State of New York sued in October over the legislation, which it argued violated the State Constitution. Under the agreement both the law suit and the …

A Conversation about NY politics, from the web site of Capital Tonight.

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Cuomo: Amazon Deal – “It costs us nothing, nada, niente, goose egg.” The initial $1.5 billion in incentives for Amazon to bring up to 25,000 jobs to Long Island City in Queens ultimately won’t cost New York anything, Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted at a news conference on Tuesday. The tax breaks over 10 years are tied to job creation, but …

Gun owners may need to submit their social media history

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Those looking to buy a gun in New York, under proposed legislation, may need to submit their prior search history if new firearm legislation becomes state law.  Drafted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and State Senator Kevin Parker (both Democrats) up to three years’ worth of history on social media would be reviewed according to ABC Action News. Senate …

Who really lost the election!

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By: Washington Post Reporter Robert Samuelson Do you really know who lost the mid-term election? We all did. Both parties made the midterms a referendum on President Trump, at the expense of “anything resembling rational debate” on the serious, politically explosive problems facing the country. Take the federal deficit, which ballooned to $782 billion this year and is expected to …