Issue Spotlight: Taxpayer-Funded Political Campaigns

Call your legislators at 1-877-255-9417 and tell them to oppose taxpayer money being used for political purposes.

A proposal in the Executive Budget would establish a system to use taxpayer money for political campaigns.

Under the budget proposal, $6 in taxpayer funds would be used to match every $1 in private contributions up to $175. So, for example, if an individual makes a $100 contribution to a Senator’s campaign, the State would provide $600 in taxpayer funds to match, for a total contribution of $700 to that candidate.

CSEA strongly opposes this proposal. In a year when the State is facing diminishing revenues, there are many more important needs to finance. This year’s budget proposes to eliminate funding to 90% of our state’s towns and villages, cut funding for safety-net hospitals, close state facilities, and increase the cost of retiree health insurance. In addition, state agencies have been operating under flat budgets for years, the state has not made significant investments in services for persons with mental illness and developmental disabilities, our schools and libraries continue to have unmet needs, and the investment needs for our roads, bridges, and other infrastructure have reached dire levels.

Call your legislators at 1-877-255-9417 and tell them to oppose taxpayer money being used for political purposes.