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Editorial: Another bad year in Albany

Editorial: Another bad year in Albany

With four days left in the session, the Legislature hasn't accomplished much so far.

The state Legislature ends its annual session on Thursday so lawmakers can begin their long, inevitable march toward almost-certain re-election.

But if accomplishments are what voters base their decisions on, then opponents have a glorious chance of finding their way into Albany.

Aside from naming a state snack and returning some of your tax money to your local school districts, the Legislative session so far has been a big flop.

The Legislature so far has failed to enact meaningful campaign finance reform, which means that big money will continue to influence elections at the expense of worthy candidates who don't have access to large donors.

It has failed to enact ethics reform, which means all those indictments you saw handed up will continue next year as lawmakers break the law, but not the rules.

Despite some gimmicks, New Yorkers are still taxed higher per capita than anybody in the country. That means more people will be moving out and taking their talent and education and tax dollars with them.

There has been no meaningful mandate relief, which means local governments and taxpayers will continue to pay for rules handed down from Albany.

Little has been done to reform the problems with the Common Core curriculum. And as of this writing, sick people still can't get access to medical marijuana in New York state.

The Legislature had several months to address the state's most pressing problems. Instead, they addressed almost none of them.

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