Howie Hawkins running for governor again
Susan Arbetter is reporting for Capital Tonight Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins is running for governor for a fourth time. In 2010, Hawkins earned 59,000 votes, or 1.3 percent of votes cast, enough to secure ballot status for the party. In 2020, the Greens lost that status after former Gov. Andrew Cuomo pressed for a higher vote threshold for third parties. “We call it the Ballot Access Exclusion Law. It’s a party suppression law,” Hawkins said of the new threshold. Hawkins is running again with Gloria Mattera. Last week, the Green Party started gathering the 45,000 signatures they need to submit by May 31 to get them on the 2022 ballot. “I didn’t plan to run for governor again, but here I am,” Hawkins said. The Green candidates are renewing their party’s longstanding call for a Green New Deal to address the climate crisis and economic insecurity. By hiking taxes on the wealthy and instituting new taxes like the Stock Transfer Tax, the Greens are proposing an economic bill of rights that includes universal single-payer health care, a guaranteed minimum income, a $20 minimum wage, affordable housing and tuition-free public education from child care and prekindergarten through college and technical schools. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.