Metro: Racial disparity persists in NYC marijuana arrests

“This is something the mayor campaigned on, and while we saw a reduction, we really should’ve seen more progress with this,” said Alyssa Aguilera, co-executive director at VOCAL-NY. “The mayor and others are patting themselves on the back, but we can’t be satisfied with the mediocre progress that’s been done.”

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Politico: Rally asks for higher state taxes on the rich

The groups, which include VOCAL-NY, Citizen Action and the Communications Workers of America, estimated that the state could gain $3.5 billion a year from taxing carried interest as income (Cuomo’s office did not include a fiscal value), $5.5 billion a year from reinstituting the stock transfer tax and $2.3 billion a year from the additional high-tax brackets.

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