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

(424 votes)
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49.82%
(427 votes)
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50.18%
851 votes

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

Issue of the Week

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

(424 votes)
Vote up!
49.82%
(427 votes)
Vote down!
50.18%
851 votes

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?

Do you support the Republican Party's plans for tax reform?

(482 votes)
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55.66%
(384 votes)
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44.34%
866 votes

The Senate and the House have offered roughly similar versions of sweeping tax reform. Key points are a doubling of the standard deduction, cutting corporate tax rates to 20%, doubling the threshold for the estate tax, cutting Medicare and Medicaid, and the loss of deductibility of state and local taxes. Here is a link to a comparison of both plans: https://www.consumerreports.org/taxes/how-to-compare-senate-house-gop-ta...
Do you support the Republican Party's plans for tax reform?

Would you support a nationwide law to ban the sale of assault weapons and semi-automatic rifles?

(433 votes)
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52.04%
(399 votes)
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47.96%
832 votes

The horrific mass murder in Las Vegas has re-opened the national debate on gun control. Those in support of a ban on assault weapons and semi-automatic rifles believe there is no good reason for citizens to own guns capable of mass murder. Those against want freedom to own any type of gun, and feel it's a violation of their 2nd Amendment rights. Would you support a nationwide law to ban the sale of assault weapons and semi-automatic rifles?

Do you support the November 2017 NYS Ballot Proposal to hold a Constitutional Convention?

(259 votes)
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45.36%
(312 votes)
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54.64%
571 votes

The New York State Constitution requires that every 20 years the voters decide if a Constitutional Convention should be held to consider amendments to the State Constitution. Those in support of a Constitutional Convention want campaign finance and ethics reform, fair redistricting and term limits. Those against are concerned about an erosion of collective bargaining rights, pension reform and the high cost of a Constitutional Convention. Do you support the November 2017 NYS Ballot Proposal to hold a Constitutional Convention?

Do you support the November 2017 NYS Ballot Proposal to Hold a Constitutional Convention?

(46 votes)
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52.27%
(42 votes)
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47.73%
88 votes

The New York State Constitution requires that every 20 years the voters decide if a Constitutional Convention should be held to consider amendments to the State Constitution. Those in support of a Constitutional Convention want campaign finance and ethics reform, fair redistricting and term limits. Those against are concerned of an erosion of hard fought collective bargaining rights and pension reform. Do you support the November 2017 NYS Ballot Proposal to hold a Constitutional Convention?

Should NYS automatically register residents to vote when they obtain or renew a driver's license?

(357 votes)
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46.73%
(407 votes)
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53.27%
764 votes

Rhode Island just became the ninth state to automatically register and re-register residents when they obtain or renew a driver's license, unless they opt out. Their stated purpose is to create cleaner voter records and mitigate concerns of voter fraud. In the NYS legislature most Democrats want automatic voter registration to make voting as seamless and easy as possible. Those against, such as NYS Senate Republicans, feel the current system works just fine. Should NYS automatically register residents to vote when they obtain or renew a driver's license?

Should an elected official under federal indictment for corruption be forced to resign?

(306 votes)
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46.65%
(350 votes)
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53.35%
656 votes

Long Island has had several elected officials under federal indictment for corruption, who have refused to step down. Those who feel indicted politicos should keep their jobs argue innocent until proven guilty. Others who believe they should leave office cite difficulties in keeping the public's trust and negotiating contracts in good faith when they are already under suspicion. Should an elected official under federal indictment for corruption be forced to resign?

Should NYS invest in high-speed ferries to ease the burden of Penn Station delays?

(222 votes)
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29.72%
(525 votes)
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70.28%
747 votes

LIRR commuters are experiencing significant delays due to long overdue track maintenance and equipment breakdowns. Newsday reported that, to ease the chaos, Governor Cuomo is studying high-speed ferries from Long Island. Those in support of ferries believe Long Island needs an alternative to the LIRR. Those against feel the cost to commute would be too high, and traffic would increase around ferry terminals. Should NYS invest in high-speed ferries to ease the burden of Penn Station delays?

Should a new arena for the NY Islanders be built at Belmont Park?

(483 votes)
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52.67%
(434 votes)
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47.33%
917 votes

The NY Islanders recent move to Brooklyn has left a void of professional sports on Long Island. There is now discussion to build a new arena at Belmont Park to bring the Islanders home. Those in support feel it's a great location with access to public transportation. Those against say a new arena isn't the best use of the vacant land and the Coliseum in Hempstead should be retrofitted for professional hockey. Should a new arena for the NY Islanders be built at Belmont Park?

Should all candidates for office be required to release their tax returns to the public?

(231 votes)
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36.15%
(408 votes)
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63.85%
639 votes

Recently, Hempstead Town Councilman, Ed Ambrosino, was arrested for tax evasion, and several sources of his income are being looked at as possible conflicts of interest. Those in support of candidates releasing their tax returns believe it will give insight into their character and provide helpful information to voters. Those against feel there are already enough financial disclosures. Should all candidates for office be required to release their tax returns to the public?