An equitable economy requires a socialist economy of public enterprises and cooperatives

News Growl: November 3, 2018

Howie Hawkins advocates equitable economy

Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for Governor of New York, is appearing at three locations around the state today to talk about his vision for ending inequality in New York. His speech advocating for an equitable economy, first given in Syracuse this morning, is reprinted with his permission.

By Howie Hawkins

The mounting climate crisis is an existential threat that should concern us all. But millions of working-class New Yorkers are in crisis every day struggling to pay their bills and stay in their homes.

New York is the most unequal state in the nation. The top 1% took home 12% of all income in 1980. By 2015, the top 1% took home 33% of all income in the state and 41% of all income in the New York City.

Meanwhile, over these same four decades, inflation-adjusted wages declined while rent, property taxes, health dare, day care, and college costs increased far faster than the general rate of inflation. It’s a crisis right now for working people in New York.

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Hawkins Calls for Worker Cooperatives and Public Enterprises to Reduce Income Inequality

For immediate release: November 3, 2018

Howie Hawkins, the Green candidate for Governor, said today that to reverse the growing inequality in New York, state policy needs to promote worker cooperatives and public enterprises that distribute income more equitably than capitalist firms.

The share of income going to the top 1% of the state has grown from 12% in 1980 to 33% in 2015. New York has the highest income inequality of any state in the nation.

A new study out this week from the think tank Third Way found that about two-thirds of the jobs in New York’s metropolitan regions don’t pay enough to support what is commonly considered a middle-class lifestyle.

Hawkins has called for public state bank with a division devoted to planning, financing, and advising worker cooperatives. He has also called for public enterprise in the fields of electric power and broadband. He wants to expand public housing in order to increase the supply of affordable housing and reduce rents in the broader market.

Though he has called for more progressive taxation, he said, “Tax and transfer programs can only partially mitigate income inequality. The purpose of taxation is to finance public services and infrastructure. If we really want to reduce economic inequality, we need a fairer distribution in the first place at work.”

Hawkins released the following statement explaining his approach to reducing income inequality in New York State.

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Hawkins To Outline How New York Should End Income Inequality

For immediate release: November 3, 2018

Notice of Press Conference
When: Saturday Nov. 3
Time: 10 AM
Location: Rochester Public Farmers Market, main entrance
Who: Howie Hawkins for Governor, Michael Sussman for Attorney General
Why: Income Inequality in New York

Hawkins To Outline How New York Should End Income Inequality

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, will hold a news conference on Saturday November 3 at the Rochester Public Market, 280 Union St N,  to outline his plan to end income inequality in New York. The news conference will be at 10 AM at the main entrance to the market.

Hawkins will be at the market during the morning (starting at 8 AM) along with Michael Sussman, the Green Party candidate for Attorney General.

The share of income going to the top 1% of the state has grown from 12% in 1980 to 33% in 2015. New York has the highest income inequality of any state in the nation.

A new study out this week found that about two-thirds of the jobs in New York’s metropolitan regions don’t pay enough to support what is commonly considered a middle-class lifestyle.

All candidates for governor but Cuomo attend debate

Upstate NPR: November 1, 2018


Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and independent candidate and former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner participate in the League of Women Voters' debate Thursday.

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins offers what he calls a “Green Deal” for New Yorkers, including single-payer health care, a shift to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, full funding for schools, the elimination of charter schools and a true $15 minimum wage for upstate New York.

Hawkins said it’s a disservice to voters that there were only two debate forums in the entire general election campaign, and that Cuomo only showed up for an event that excluded third-party candidates.

“Shame on Andrew Cuomo for not coming here,” Hawkins scolded as the audience applauded.

The League of Women Voters, in a statement, expressed frustration that the governor did not participate, saying they don’t understand why Cuomo “does not feel a fair, nonpartisan debate is an appropriate venue to speak directly to voters.”

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Gubernatorial Candidates Discuss PFAS Contamination Without Cuomo

WAMC (NPR, Albany): November 2, 2018


Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins said the current administration was late to recognize the water problems in Hoosick Falls. PFOA was first detected by a Hoosick Falls resident in 2014. DEC confirmed the presence of PFOA in village water supplies in 2016.

“And then this Water Council was announced, it was supposed to meet in March, it just met, I think, two weeks ago, finally, to start setting these standards. This is ridiculous. Look, I’m a candidate of the Green Party. This is a priority for me. For us. And we’re going to make sure the DEC is staffed and we’re going to deal with issues like water, lead, algae blooms in our lakes, and climate change – that’s the one that’s really threatening our civilization,” said Hawkins.

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Hawkins Interview on WNYC

WNYC Radio: November 2, 2018


Meet the Candidates: Hawkins, Sharpe, & Miner

Hear from the candidates for New York Governor on the ballot on the “other” party lines: the Green Party’s Howie Hawkins, then the Libertarian Party’s Larry Sharpe, followed by Stephanie Miner, former Democratic mayor of Syracuse, running for governor on the SAM (Serve America Movement) line.

New York gubernatorial debate: how best to upset the status Cuomo?

News Growl: November 2, 2018

Hawkins made the most direct attack on the absent media and the absent incumbent.

“Shame on Andrew Cuomo for not coming here,” he said in his closing statement to an (against the rules) round of applause. “Shame on the broadcast and cable corporation networks for not broadcasting this, and for bowing down to Cuomo,” he continued, referring to the $850,000 in donations the governor has received from media conglomerates.

“They are acting like state media for the two-party state…they only give you the illusion of choice.”

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Without Cuomo, Other Candidates for Governor Present Ideas in Tempered Debate

Gotham Gazette: November 2, 2018

By David Colon

New York’s gubernatorial candidates (minus Governor Andrew Cuomo, who declined the invitation) took the stage at Albany’s College of Saint Rose Thursday evening for the second debate of the general election, but, unlike the first, one that did not once summon the name “Trump” and focused more on the intricacies of running the government.

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Four candidates challenging Cuomo debate in Albany

WIVB TV, Albany: November 2, 2018

"We need to build public housing to deal with the affordability crisis. The rent is too damn high. Health care costs are going up," Hawkins said.

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Don't stop at the top of the ballot

Newsday: November 2, 2018

Cuomo and Molinaro aren’t the only candidates for New York governor.

Howie Hawkins speaks during a gubernatorial debate at

Howie Hawkins speaks during a gubernatorial debate at Hofstra University in 2010. He is one of there minor-party candidates in next week's gubernatorial contest. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Audrey C. Tiernan-Pool

By Lane Filler

In next week’s New York gubernatorial election, it’s the small-party candidates bringing some of the biggest ideas to the table.

Democratic incumbent Andrew M. Cuomo and Republican challenger Marc Molinaro might draw as much as 95 percent of the vote. They represent the established policies and politics of governance in New York. But the other three candidates may represent the policies and politics of tomorrow.

Green Party standard-bearer Howie Hawkins is an outsider whose ideas already have shaped the mainstream politics of the future. Hawkins, 65, of Syracuse, is running his third straight race for this office, but he’s been politically active for 40 years. He’s been preaching a “Green New Deal” that starts by using the transition to 100 percent clean energy by 2030 as a jobs engine. To start, Hawkins wants universal health care, vastly increased public housing built at mixed-income levels, fully funded college and a “true” $15 minimum wage.

“I’m the last progressive standing in this race,” Hawkins said during a visit to Newsday’s editorial board.

Hawkins and the Greens have fought for the same things for eons, but they sound more mainstream each cycle. In 2010, Hawkins eclipsed the 50,000-vote threshold that gave the Greens an automatic line on state ballots. In 2014, amid fears of global warming, the Greens’ staunch opposition to hydrofracking increased environmental consciousness and helped Hawkins get 184,000 votes.

This year, who knows?

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