Reefer Madness or Pot Paradise? The Surprising Legacy of the Place Where Legal Weed Began.

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On June 19th, Manhattan Democrat Sen. Liz Krueger announced the bill she sponsored to legalize recreational marijuana will not be voted on this year. “It’s only a delay, not the end of the road.” Hopefully more than a delay based on what is currently happening in Colorado, five years after legalization, as reported by the New York Times columnist Jack …

Governor Cuomo’s Silly War on Natural Gas

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By Robert Bryce, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute published in the National Review.   Since 2005, domestic gas production of natural gas has nearly doubled, and American companies are now sending liquefied natural gas all over the world. But good luck getting that gas in Yonkers or New Rochelle. Thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s continuing blockade on new gas …

Taking Stock of Albany’s 2019 Destructive Legislative Session.

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Among others, Bob McManus, contributing editor of City Journal and E.J. McMahon writing for the Empire Center agree that New York’s just ended state legislative session represents a triumph of the left. In part, how so! The lawmakers, and in particular progressive Democrats, dealt heavy blows to property rights and the rule of law, trial lawyers picked up a few juicy …

You’re Lights May Be Flickering!

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In Boston, a large Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) barge is docked to provide a supplemental source of energy to help keep the lights on. Originating in Russia, that supply is badly needed because activists in Massachusetts and New Hampshire successfully halted pipe line projects they felt would lock them into “fossil fuel dependence for decades.”    A bizarre solution given …

New York’s Fiscal Slide Down a Slippery Slope!

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The Citizens Budget Commission, a nonpartisan, nonprofit “watchdog group” with a mission to achieve constructive changes in the finances and services of the city and state, just issued a study titled “A $10 Billion Dollar Reason to Rethink Economic Development in New York.”     This is an interesting study with all of the numbers going in the wrong direction. The …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …