How Does The League Select Issues for Emphasis?
In League, Program means the issues that we choose for concerted study, education and action at local, state and national levels. Program can include both education and action.
The Program Planning process is part of what makes the League a grassroots organization; each League member has the opportunity to influence the selection of issues where the local, state, and national League will focus time, talent and money.
Every two years, members of local Leagues engage in Program Planning. Based on the results of this, the Board of Directors makes recommendations to the biennial convention delegates about the program to be adopted for the coming two year period.
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During the month of January members of our League are surveyed to choose which issues are the most important to us and why. We are asked to select our top 3 priorities. The results were tabulated by Karen McBride, Voter Services Chairperson and on January 31st she submitted our report to LWVNY. The State League will then record the responses they receive from all the Leagues in New York and publish the State Legislative Agenda.
2020 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES RESPONSE FORM - Due LWVNY Jan. 31, 2020
Please list three suggestions that you would like to see considered in determining our Legislative Priorities for 2020. Please prioritize your recommendations with “1” being the most important. Please provide a brief statement supporting each recommendation.
1. Good Government Reform - Campaign Finance
2. Natural Resources Reform - Climate Change/Energy Sources
3. State Finances & Education Reform – Greater Equity In Education for Students and Taxpayers
Please provide a brief statement supporting each recommendation.
1. Good Government Reform - Campaign Finance - Our Utica/Rome League’s main priority is that future reforms to campaign financing will be more effective. This includes further reducing all contribution limits; i.e., placing “pay-to-play” limits on contributions by lobbyists and vendors conducting business with NY State. Reduction of party house- keeping accounts is needed, as well as more restrictions or an outright ban on transferring campaign contributions. We agree that a small-donor matching public finance system should be introduced and encouraged throughout the state. It would provide voters the incentive to support their chosen candidates while becoming more involved in the electoral process.
2. Natural Resources - Climate Change/Energy Sources – Our League continues to encourage use of fuels from renewable sources as a means to energy conservation; and, believes that utilizing fuels from renewable energy sources should be generously funded. We promote regulation to protect our natural resources, water quality, etc. As a local League concerned with preserving our water quality, we continue to monitor the Oneida County Sewer District Permit Compliance and Abatement Project as it move steadily toward its 2021 completion date.
3. State Finances and Education Reform – We support equity in education for students and taxpayers. This could result from a uniform and equitable assessment of the property tax system. We believe the constitution-ordered state aid increases should be fully funded and the Foundation Formula for Aid be restored--with any necessary updates--as promoted by the former Campaign for Fiscal Equity.