Every 20 years, under law, a question must be put before the electorate, as it will be again on Tuesday. Voters will get to say aye or nay to this, Ballot Proposal 1: “Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution and amend the same?”
Poughkeepsie Public School Teachers work the phones on the eve of the November 7 election day, spreading the word of the vote. The teachers are looking to inform the public of the potential hazards that opening the Constitutional Convention may cause. A total of 204 delegates must be paid an Assembly member' salary of $79,500, allowing lawmakers to double their salary while fattening their pension, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Lawmakers could put in jeopardy the right to join a union and to collectively bargain, as well as essential protections of our hard-fought pension benefits. Some of our most environmentally sensitive areas like the Adirondacks and the Catskills safeguarded by the state constitution’s “forever wild” protections, and would be vulnerable to change. Why put these and many more issues at risk by opening a convention?
The last Constitutional Convention in 1967, led to all propositions being voted down; a waste of taxpayer time and money, while a system is already in place to amend the constitution at no additional cost. Why spend millions of dollars to do what our government already has the ability to do?
Thank you phone bankers for your hard work!