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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

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

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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?

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Vote NO!

Here's why you should VOTE NO to a constitutional convention

The rich will benefit
A constitutional convention IS NOT in the best interest of working families, retirees and public education. This is not going to be a "People's Convention," as some well-financed people would like you to believe. Already, wealthy, anti-labor groups and organizations opposed to public education are mobilizing to push for a convention to serve their own selfish agendas.
The astronomical cost
It cost about $6.5 million to stage the constitutional convention in 1967, the last time it was held. The overall cost to hold a constitutional convention today is absurd: estimates put the price tag at between $50 million and $100 million.
You know what else $100 million would pay for? It would cover doctors' visits for 625,000 New Yorkers, and a year's worth of meals for 163,333 of our hungriest children. And it would pay tuition for 3,864 state residents to attend a SUNY school for four years. There are far better ways to spend our money than on a constitutional convention.
Albany insiders will run it
Past constitutional conventions have been run by legislators, judges, attorneys, and special interest groups. Of the 186 delegates to the 1967 convention, 154 held public office. That means lawmakers elected as delegates could double their salaries and fatten their pensions in the process.
It's unnecessary
There are far effective and less costly ways we can make changes to the state Constitution than through a convention. Lawmakers can amend the Constitution; they have done so more than 200 times, most recently in 2015 to create an independent commission on redistricting, and to allow the Legislature to save money by going paperless for proposed bills.
Don't be fooled. A constitutional convention is a boondoggle. It will be detrimental to working families, education and organized labor.

Spread the word! Vote no!

time for change

Time to get the 'bosses' in Albany back on their toes - not that I'm naïve enough to think voters actually have a 'say' in any proposals or actions. However, hope runs eternal in fools. And, the future is generally an unknown (no matter how much control and absolute power the clowns - elected or not) seem to exert. (Even Pablo Escabar was eventually caught - good Netflix series - 'Narcos'.) I'm not implying anyone's a drug lord, I'm just implying corruption is rampant & goes with the 'ruling' territory. Those that be, rule by and for themselves. So, what else is new. I therefore cast my 'meaningless' vote for a Constitutional Convention to be held in order to review campaign "finance, ethics reform, fair redistricting, and (OMG) term limits!" How could anyone be against a review which occurs only ONCE IN A GENERATION! It amazes me we even have to vote on this. It should be mandatory with reviews occurring a lot more frequently.

Here's why you should VOTE NO

Here's why you should VOTE NO to a constitutional convention

The rich will benefit
A constitutional convention IS NOT in the best interest of working families, retirees and public education. This is not going to be a "People's Convention," as some well-financed people would like you to believe. Already, wealthy, anti-labor groups and organizations opposed to public education are mobilizing to push for a convention to serve their own selfish agendas.
The astronomical cost
It cost about $6.5 million to stage the constitutional convention in 1967, the last time it was held. The overall cost to hold a constitutional convention today is absurd: estimates put the price tag at between $50 million and $100 million.
You know what else $100 million would pay for? It would cover doctors' visits for 625,000 New Yorkers, and a year's worth of meals for 163,333 of our hungriest children. And it would pay tuition for 3,864 state residents to attend a SUNY school for four years. There are far better ways to spend our money than on a constitutional convention.
Albany insiders will run it
Past constitutional conventions have been run by legislators, judges, attorneys, and special interest groups. Of the 186 delegates to the 1967 convention, 154 held public office. That means lawmakers elected as delegates could double their salaries and fatten their pensions in the process.
It's unnecessary
There are far effective and less costly ways we can make changes to the state Constitution than through a convention. Lawmakers can amend the Constitution; they have done so more than 200 times, most recently in 2015 to create an independent commission on redistricting, and to allow the Legislature to save money by going paperless for proposed bills.
Don't be fooled. A constitutional convention is a boondoggle. It will be detrimental to working families, education and organized labor.

Spread the word! Vote no!

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