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Independence Party 2013 Legislative Agenda 2-15-13

Independence Party 2013 Legislative Agenda 2-15-13

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 February 15, 2013
The Independence Party of New York has developed a list of legislative issues that partyleaders would like the Governor and the State Legislature to consider during the 2013 LegislativeSession.
“We put forward the attached list that ranges from the approval of a new minimum wage
 package, passage of enhanced gambling with certain criteria, move a Medical Marijuana system, pass the legislation concerning the Scaffold Act and the Dream Act and bring improvements tothe Brownfield Cleanup Program
,” said State Chairman Frank MacKay.
“These issues are
sensitive to the needs of our business community while moving forward anagenda to improve the quality of life f 
or our state’s citizenry,” continued MacKay.
 The committee that developed these legislative initiatives was comprised of Len Bernardo,Ulster County Chair and State Executive Committee Member, Lee Kolesnikoff, Former SaratogaCounty Chair and State Executive Committee Member and Chairman MacKay. Mr. Bernardowas Chair of the Legislative Issues Committee.
“We discussed, with our party’s
leaders, their concerns relating to this year’s legislative
session and our committee developed this list of legislative initiatives. The committee willcontinue to review other legislation during the 2013 Session and possibly issue more reports
concluded Chairman MacKay.###Contact: Frank MacKay
631-741-8518Len Bernardo
1. Minimum Wage
We would like to see the minimum wage increased to $8.75 with noindexing, as set fo
rth in Governor’s Budget
.Furthermore, we believe a training minimum wage of $8.00 should be included in the legislationfor all newly hired employees and employees within their first year of employment. This trainingwage would be increased to at least the $8.75 minimum wage on the first year employmentanniversary of the employee.2. Medical Marijuana
We are in support of bringing Medical Marijuana to the State of NewYork. There are many suffering New Yorkers with diseases such as, but not limited to, MultipleSclerosis and Glaucoma that can be significantly helped by this programWe further believe that the proposal for a For Profit Model is the best way to bring forward this program for our state. The For Profit Model, also known as Seed to Sale, would have all production from growth of each plant, processing of same and sale of the medical marijuanahandled by private companies experienced in the Seed to Sale process. This model willadditionally bring thousands of jobs to New York as well as much needed revenue to the NewYork State coffers. As seen in other states, these Seed to Sale companies bring strict regulation,totally secure growing and sales facilities within the framework of a highly efficient businessmodel. This will be the best way to create a medical marijuana program for New York.3. Expanded Gambling with Table Games
We reiterate our support that the licensees should
come forward to the present operators of New York’s Race Track Casinos. These Race Track 
Casino operators have brought forth unprecedented revenue to the State of New York. Whileother gambling entities around the Northeast are showing little growth, the N.Y. GamingAssociation is showing large year to year increases in revenue. These established Race Track Casinos have developed a business model that works and will maximize the revenue stream for table games.We also believe that all licensees should be selected before the referendum comes forward, later this year. By designating these licensees, the proposal would be totally transparent and wouldallow New Yorkers to better evaluate and vote on the referendum. By not naming all licensees,there will develop an environment of suspicion and confusion among the voters that woulddefeat the referendum.

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