Upper state economic plans, mental health among the Democratic Party’s latest major debates

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In the third and final debate in the Democratic primary on Thursday night, criticism of MP Tom Swansea (D-Long Island) over the history of NRA Governor Katie Hochul’s approval sparked discussions about candidates’ development on issues such as gun and abortion laws.

The three Democratic gubernatorial candidates also discussed state taxes, gun laws, mental health financing and economic plans for upstate New York in the last scheduled debate ahead of the June 28 primary.

He wanted to discuss New York Attorney General Jumaan Williams and Swatzi at an event hosted by NBC 4 New York, Telemundo 47 and the Albany Times Union.

Applicants discussed mental health among young people in New York State and addressed concerns about a shortage of therapists and psychiatrists across the state. Williams said the state needs to build mental health infrastructure and the governor needs to prioritize his funding in the state budget.

Hochul referred to the allocation of its $ 10 billion budget to recruit workers in areas such as mental health. Her administration has allocated funds for education, which will make it easier to hire new people in the field of mental health after the pandemic, she added.

“We need to help raise these children again, and mental health services in schools will be a critical part of that,” Hochul said. “But we have the money to recruit, recruit, recruit, retrain and attract more people in this area. That’s critical. “

Suozzi responded that relocating state, federal and locally funded mental health services that already exist in schools would be more effective than continuing to provide increased funding.

Suozzi also called for tax cuts as a means of boosting the economy of upstate New York, saying lower taxes would help sustain the current population and encourage New York businesses to move north. Hochul also stressed that the recruitment of companies in the area is essential for the reversal of the economy in northern New York.

In a discussion on some state tax cuts, Hochul said she was focused on her recent $ 1.2 billion middle-class tax cuts, as well as $ 2.2 billion in property taxes returned to taxpayers in recent weeks. . Hochul also said he had no plans to raise taxes for New Yorkers. Suozzi said he plans to reduce the state income tax by 10%.

“People don’t think New York is accessible,” Suotsi said. “We have the highest taxes in the United States. This is not something emotional. This is the real life that real people are suffering because we have the highest taxes in America. “

Williams said the non-tax rhetoric was in line with Republican talks, and said that to reduce property taxes for the working and middle class, the state should increase tax revenues from billionaires who earned during the pandemic.

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As the Supreme Court is ready to overturn New York State’s right to carry a gun law that makes it easier for people to obtain permits, Hochul said he plans to respond to the decision with a legally sound approach based on whatever basis the court used to repeal a law.

Williams said there should have been $ 1 billion in the 2022-23 budget for tackling gun violence, and stressed the difference between tackling mass shootings and gun violence. State law alone cannot solve the latter, which is more difficult to deal with, he added.

“What hurts me to see these advertisements for signing this law is that the signing took place in the Bronx,” Williams said. “And these bills have absolutely nothing to do with the kind of gun violence you’re talking about right now.”

The debate is the second for Hochul and the third for Williams and Swatzi, which were discussed earlier in June. Early voting in the primary election for governor of the Democratic Party begins on Saturday, June 18 and ends on Sunday, June 26.

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