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Would you support Nassau County imposing a five-cent fee on plastic and paper carryout bags?

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On January 1, 2018, a new Suffolk County law will go into effect, charging a five-cent fee for plastic and paper carryout bags, at a variety of retail stores. Those in support of the fee believe it will protect the environment. Those against view it as a tax that will hurt local businesses. Would you support Nassau County imposing a five-cent fee on plastic and paper carryout bags?

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Legislature

Eliminate County Government in NY State

(851 votes)
Vote up!
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Vote down!
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2143 votes

The idea of eliminating the county layer of government in NY State needs to be considered... Connecticut and Massachusetts have already done it by transferring responsibilities to the state and local town levels with no loss of services. The administrative duplication that can be eliminated includes the county executive's office and the county legislature, both of which cost the taxpayers $2,000,000 and $9,000,000 each year, respectively. Westchester County has already been discussing the idea:

http://harrison.dailyvoice.com/opinion/county-government-should-be-elimi...

http://hudsonindy.typepad.com/blog/2008/05/pointcounterpoi.html

Many of the jobs done by county government are the result of unfunded state mandates anyway.

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We have to much Gov't, the more we have the more corruption the more the cost the higher the taxes, we need a good old fashion streamlining! I think we could do without some of the local municipal Gov't as well.....

Abolish County Government

Albany is hopelessly populated with incompetent hacks who are unable to work across the aisles for legislation in the best interest of the people. THey can't pass a budget nor take actions that aren't motivated by their personal interests at the expense of the electorate.

Just imagine if the buffoons in Albany were to manage things at the local level. Nothing but corruption and decay would result.

We need local government but we need an electorate willing to think before, during and after they vote. Our problem isn't the government, it is the people who vote these clowns in.

Eliminate County Government in NYS

Newsflash:
1) Albany has passed a budget on time for 3 years in a row now.
2) According to your argument, the more elected "buffoons" and "clowns" we have, the better off we are?
3) Local town officials are elected to take care of concerns at the local level. But do you consider them "buffoons" as well?

To make a long story short, I am unswayed by your argument. The only thing I agree with is that an informed electorate is a better electorate. Unfortunately people are swayed by sound bites and generalizations. But electing a government by popular vote is the way to go in a democracy!

I agree about the popular

I agree about the popular vote, except now we're hearing about all kinds of election fraud w/the new method of voting. Corruption abounds. There are no easy answers.

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Interesting Article about eliminating county gov't in NJ

By James W. Treffinger, former County Executive of Essex County, New Jersey. Note that in 2003, he pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges. Article is entitled, "Why It’s Time To Abolish County Government":

http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/cb_9.htm

NIFA Lawsuit

Beautiful, now Nassau County is suing NIFA, the financial review board appointed by NYS to enforce fiscal responsibility. And how much will this cost the taxpayers of Nassau County? Another reason to get rid of county government in NYS. Especially with so many counties experiencing financial difficulty. What does NYS plan to do, impose similar NIFA boards for each of the 62 counties?

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