A small group of advocates demonstrated in favor of public campaign financing, following a report by Governor Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission favoring the idea.
Several Move On and Occupy members braved a chill wind and snow to demonstrate outside the State Capitol in favor of the state’s adopting a public small donor matching fund to finance political campaigns. They shook cans of money as some cars honked. Move On’s Susan Weber says the change could end state politicians’ over dependence on large campaign donations, which has sometimes gotten them into trouble.
Divisions are forming in the upcoming debate over tax cuts that’s likely to dominate the new legislative session.
Business groups are largely supportive of the findings of a tax commission appointed by Governor Cuomo. The Commission recommends cuts to the corporate tax, faster phase out of an energy tax, and easing of the estate tax. They also propose a reduction in property taxes by encouraging local governments and schools to cut spending and consolidate.
Reform groups are focusing attention on Governor Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission’s recommendations to beef up the anemic State Board of Elections but say they have not given up hope of public campaign financing for state wide races.
The reform groups say the State Board of Elections in its present form is “useless” and “incompetent” when it comes to enforcing campaign violations, and needs to be replaced.
Blair Horner is with the New York Public Interest Research Group.
Governor Cuomo’s commission to study tax cuts will miss a Friday deadline (missed the deadline) to report it’s findings by December 6th, after controversy over former Governor George Pataki’s desire to cut income taxes for all wage earners, including the wealthy.
Although the tax commission has now bogged down over co chair and former Governor George Pataki’s push to lower income tax rates, it’s original charge was to look at ways to lower New York’s highest in the nation property taxes, as well as finding ways to reduce business taxes.