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A white paper from our Chair, Greg Julian
WHAT WE STAND FOR
Improving Education & Investing in Our Children's Futures
Governor Cuomo and New York Democrats have increased education funding by nearly $3 billion in recent years, and given 3- and 4-year-olds access to the services that help them grow with universal pre-K. New York Democrats also established nation's first free public college tuition program, providing middle-class families and individuals making up to $125,000 per year the opportunity to attend college tuition-free at all CUNY and SUNY two- and four-year colleges in New York State.
Reducing Gun Violence
When the Sandy Hook tragedy happened, New York Democrats took common-sense action, requiring universal background checks on gun purchases, increasing penalties for people who use illegal guns, setting a penalty of life in prison without parole for anyone who murders a first responder, and establishing the toughest assault weapons ban in the country.
Guaranteeing LGBTQ Rights
In 2011, New York became the largest state in the nation to pass Marriage Equality, ensuring that same-sex couples are treated equally, and with dignity under the law. Governor Cuomo and New York Democrats have also taken decisive action to enact new protections for transgender New Yorkers, even as Republicans in the state Legislature attempted to stonewall progress.
Fair and Open Elections
New Yorkers led efforts throughout history to ensure everyone has the right to vote. But Republicans in the state Legislature have obstructed progress on improving our laws to ensure that people can exercise that right. New York Democrats are leading the charge in 2018 to open the doors to our democracy by advancing reforms that will establish early voting, automatic registration, same-day registration, and no-fault absentee ballots.
A Legacy of Women's Rights
New York is the birthplace of the women's rights movement. We stand on the shoulders of giants like Shirley Chisholm and Bella Abzug, Geraldine Ferraro, and Mary Burnett Talbot – and we will never back down. New York Democrats are leading the fight to protect Roe V. Wade, end sexual harassment in the workforce, keep guns out of the hands of those guilty of domestic violence, ensure access to affordable contraception, and much more.
Environmental & Climate Leadership
No other state in the country has taken stronger action to combat climate change, and ensure clean air and water for all residents, than New York. Governor Cuomo enacted a groundbreaking fracking ban, and New York Democrats have set a bold agenda to ensure that 50% of all electricity consumed by 2030 comes from renewable sources. We're also on the path to building the nation's largest offshore wind farm, and creating good jobs while fighting climate change through a growing solar energy industry.
Protecting Taxpayers from the #GOPTaxScam
New York already sends $48 billion more to Washington each year than we get back. Now Republicans want to increase that by another $14 billion. This hits millions of New Yorkers will higher taxes, averaging $3,200 per family. The plan also boots nearly 850,000 people off their health insurance. Governor Cuomo and New York Democrats are hitting back, taking bold action to ease the blow to our middle-class families by restructuring the tax code, and bringing leaders from several states together to file suit against the Republicans' politically motivated attack on taxpayers.
Helping Workers Rise Up
As Republicans provide giveaways to hedge fund billionaires, Governor Cuomo and New York Democrats have stood side by side with workers, enacting the country's first statewide $15 minimum wage to ensure millions of workers across all industries make a livable wage, Paid Family Leave which protects those providing care for an infant or sick loved one, and wage theft enforcement, which has returned millions of dollars in stolen wages to tens of thousands of workers, and much more!