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Cuomo discusses campaign finance reform and ethics in budget proposal

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Updated: 1/22 4:47 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – During Governor Cuomo's budget proposal, a big part of it was restoring the public's trust and on Wednesday, good government groups are speaking out about the amount of money allocated.

Governor Andrew Cuomo was quick to point out the successes that state government has had over the last few years. However, he also admits the recent string of federal corruption scandals and sexual harassment allegations against legislators doesn't look good.  Cuomo is continuing to push for changes, even though the legislature hasn't supported them.

Cuomo proposed creating a system that would use public funds to match small donor campaign contributions up to $175 for those candidates who opt in. Yet in the budget, the governor didn't set aside any money to implement the idea.

Senate Republicans remain opposed to the idea of public financing. Meanwhile, the governor proposed using $5.3 million to hire additional enforcement agents at the board of elections. He also wants to create an independent division of election law enforcement within the board.

This year is an election year and government watchdog groups say they're optimistic that some form of ethics reform can get passed by the legislature.

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