Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Really bad idea goes to the Assembly

I cannot believe public financing of state supreme court races passed 23-10 in the state senate.

The state Senate today passed a bill creating a public financing system for Supreme Court elections, although the bill is not expected to pass the Assembly.

On a 23-10 vote, the Senate recommended raising the income tax checkoff to pay for public grants for candidates from $1 to $3, with $2 of that earmarked for candidates in Supreme Court elections. The bill would give candidates in primary elections for the court grants up to $100,000 and grants of up to $300,00 in the general election.
If ever there was needed a reason for a bicameral legislature, this qualifies.