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Public financing "dead" in Senate

By Lombardo David
Thursday, June 6, 2013

Don't expect the state Senate to approve publicly financed state elections in the eight remaining days of this legislative session says state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford.

This has been a key issue for advocates in the waning days of the session, with the Assembly Democrats and Gov. Andrew Cuomo in favor of its passage. The stumbling block appears to be the Senate Republicans, who control the chamber as part of a coalition with the four-member Independent Democratic Conference.

"I would say that taxpayer funded elections is dead on arrival in the senate ... There are other needs the people have," Seward said.

Campaign finance reform could be on the table, though, as Seward said he supported efforts to bring more transparency to the process, calling it a good "disinfectant." He said requiring more reporting from outside spenders in elections was a good idea.

We'll have more on the final days of the legislative session in the Sunday issue of the Daily Gazette.

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