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Editorial: Another bad year in Albany

Monday, June 16, 2014
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The state Legislature ends its annual session on Thursday so lawmakers can begin their long, inevitable march toward almost-certain re-election.

But if accomplishments are what voters base their decisions on, then opponents have a glorious chance of finding their way into Albany.

Aside from naming a state snack and returning some of your tax money to your local school districts, the Legislative session so far has been a big flop.

The Legislature so far has failed to enact meaningful campaign finance reform, which means that big money will continue to influence elections at the expense of worthy candidates who don't have access to large donors.

It has failed to enact ethics reform, which means all those indictments you saw handed up will continue next year as lawmakers break the law, but not the rules.

Despite some gimmicks, New Yorkers are still taxed higher per capita than anybody in the country. That means more people will be moving out and taking their talent and education and tax dollars with them.

There has been no meaningful mandate relief, which means local governments and taxpayers will continue to pay for rules handed down from Albany.

Little has been done to reform the problems with the Common Core curriculum. And as of this writing, sick people still can't get access to medical marijuana in New York state.

The Legislature had several months to address the state's most pressing problems. Instead, they addressed almost none of them.

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June 16, 2014
6:33 p.m.
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ronzo says...

Your opinions are very accurate, especially the one that states "lawmakers can begin their long, inevitable march toward almost-certain re-election". And therein lies the fact, or the problem, if you don't like what goes on at the Capital. Most New Yorkers who vote, like what they have in state elected government. They continuously re-elect the same people. Those who don't vote probably don't care one way or another. So what's the conclusion? People like what they have at the Capital. If they didn't they'd do something about it. As long as the people who vote, and they are the ones who decide, want what's in the Legislature, your editorials and opinions, while factual, don't mean anything to the person who casts their ballot. So you might as well save your ink and newsprint because it's just a few like you (and me) who actually care about this subject and there are fewer who are willing to do something about it. Of course, term limits would be out of the question for most New Yorkers because it might change the status quo at the Capital. New York is an unusual state this way. People vote for an incumbent umpteen times, then complain about the politicians. People continuously vote themselves property tax increases, then complain about New York taxes. It's an interesting paradox.


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