Public campaign funding could be coming to New York by the end of this year now that a commission has been created by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature to make a plan. Supporters say that the current system favors a small group of large donors at the expense of the ordinary citizen and needs to be changed. But not everyone agrees that it is a good idea.
The commission has recently been created until 1 December to design a public funding system for all offices nationwide. It can spend up to $ 100 million to set up the program.
Cuomo said at the time that it was too difficult to devise a plan as part of the state budget.
“It's too complicated,” said Cuomo on 31 March. “It's not a simple system to be implemented.”
The governor, Seanad and Assembly shall make their own appointments to eight members of the nine-member commission. The governor and the Seanad and the majority of the Assembly receive two appointments each. Minorities are allocated one seat in both houses. But they must all agree on the ninth member, who could vote on any decision made.
Progressive groups pressed hard to include a small matching public matching financial system in the budget. Jessica Wisneski says, with the Balanced Elections for New York's coalition government, that the delay is disappointing.
“I think the whole thing is a big pound,” Wisneski said.
The coalition government, including the government reform groups Citizen Action and Reinvent Albany, say that the commission must be designated within the next six weeks and that people appointed should support and be experienced in public funding. the world of political campaigns.
To date, neither the governor nor the legislature offered any names to those who would like to attend the commission.
The groups also want public hearings across the state and state that a draft report should be issued by mid-September, to give the public some idea of the commission's thinking.
The coalition is also concerned about the arrival of the commission.
The panel will also have the power to examine whether the state should continue with fusion voting practice, which allows candidates to go on numerous ballot lines. Third-party endorsements, including the progressive Working Party, helped to challenge Cuomo from actor Cynthia Nixon during the regulator's 2018 reconciliation campaign. Wisneski believes that the governor is just trying to take revenge on the Families at Work Party, which often added to Cuomo. It says that a proposal to abolish franchise voting could implement any proposal for public campaign finance.
“It's a poison pad,” she said. “There is no reason to deal with fiscal voting in relation to public funding.”
Wisneski's group is rarely in agreement with curators and Republicans in New York regarding fusion voting.
Senator Rich Funke, a Republican from Rochester, who runs the lines of the Conservative and Independence Party, spoke during a debate on the bill at the end of March. He also sees that the democratic governor has a resolution.
“He wants his internal opponents (from the Working Family Party) to overthrow, and his external opponents on the right side in a single sopop,” Funke said.
Cuomo argued that there is a good reason to reconsider fusion voting in the commission's duties. It states that candidates running on multi-party lines may be entitled to a public funding dollar for each party's endorsement. But Wisneski in New York City says that each candidate is awarded once the public dollars, no matter how many times the candidate is on the ballot.
Senator Funke and other Republicans, who are in the minority in the legislature, are against using public dollars to pay for political campaigns. Funke says that it costs too much.
“It will force taxpayers to subsidize negative campaigns and robo calls,” said Funke. “And it won't do anything to clean our system.”
The Assembly Speaker, Carl Heastie, also expressed Democrats. According to April 16 poll at Siena College almost two-thirds of the voters were opposed to the concept.
When the commission releases its plan in December, the legislature has 22 days to modify the plan, or it will automatically be the law.
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