Saturday, April 21, 2012


This Week In Albany
Week ending April 20, 2012

Legislators Come Back to Albany

After being in their legislative districts for the previous two weeks, State Senators and Assemblymembers came back to Albany to begin work on post-budget issues.  Major policy issues to emerge so far include raising the state’s minimum wage, creating new tax breaks for small businesses, and campaign finance reform.

While these issues are currently being discussed, it is unlikely that any resolution will occur prior to the last few weeks of session.  The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn for the year on June 21.

Now that legislators are back, we need to continue to remind them that they need to repeal the Dark Deal they included in the Tier 6 pension bill.  Under Tier 6, taxpayers are on the hook for paying for an 8 percent of salary retirement perk for politicians and their appointees every year.  You can tell your state legislators to stop the giveaway, and you can help build support for the repeal on Facebook!

Registered Republicans Will Vote This Tuesday

This Tuesday is the Republican Presidential primary in New York.  The candidates on the ballot are Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.  Even though it seems Mitt Romney has the nomination locked up, it is still important to exercise your right to vote and make your voice heard.

You can find your polling location, along with voting hours, at the Board of Elections website.

Editor's Note: There is still time to switch your party enrollment from Republican. We at the Voice Reporter challenge any right-minded union member to a frank discussion why they would belong to a national party that continues to marginalize working families and oppress working poor. Do the right thing and reinvest in your own future by re-registering today.

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