Senator Squadron Statement in Support of Governor's Call for Food Stamp Access and Campaign Finance Reform
S740 [Squadron] / A5303 [Wright] would accomplish the Governor's goal to end the practice of fingerprinting food stamp recipients. I urge Senator Skelos to immediately bring it to a vote.
The Governor was also clear: we must pass campaign finance reform this year.
For government to serve New Yorkers and for New Yorkers to have faith in government, we must change the way Albany does business -- creating a more accountable and effective government by reforming our campaign finance system.
Along with a system of public financing, the following bills I carry would answer the Governor's call:
- S44, which would lower contribution limits for statewide candidates from $55,800 to $10,000, for Senate candidates from $15,500 to $4,800, and for Assembly candidates from $7,600 to $4,800;
- S37, which would begin to put a stop to pay-to-play by significantly limiting contributions from lobbyists to $250 per candidate per election;
- S30, which would limit contributions from LLCs to the same $5000 limit as corporations;
- S876, which would creating a campaign finance enforcement unit within the State and make the office of the campaign finance enforcement counsel a four-year term;
- and S101, which would create more transparency and accountability when it comes to corporate contributions.