New Yorkers who like to smoke will have to dig a little deeper to light
up next month, after the Legislature passed a bill on Monday that will
give the state the highest cigarette taxes in the country.
Nearly a year ago, Gov. David A. Paterson went to court to fight for his appointment of Richard Ravitch as lieutenant governor, a man whose acumen and experience the governor said could help the state weather its financial challenges.
On June 7, the New York
Senate passed S2286A,
the National Popular Vote (NPV) bill, with over two-thirds of both
political parties supporting the bill in a 52-7 roll call. Although it
has received bipartisan support ever since it was first introduced in
2006, the overwhelmingly bipartisan support it received during Monday's
vote was unprecedented. Twenty-two of the Chamber's 30 Republicans
voted for the bill, not far off from the 79%
support in New York for a national popular vote for
A crime wave has been sweeping Illinois, with surveys of low-wage workers in the Chicago area showing an average of 146,300 cases of wage theft each week -- resulting in about $7.3 million each week in unpaid wages, or $380 million stolen from workers each year. In order to crack down on this criminal wage theft, the Illinois General Assembly on May 3 nearly unanimously (56-0 in the Senate and 112-1 in the House) passed SB 3568, which will strengthen the state’s ability to enforce violations of the Wage Payment and Collection Act.