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Senate GOP leader: No to tax dollars for campaigns

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Senate Republicans remain strongly opposed to creating a voluntary system of taxpayer-funded election campaigns that's getting a strong, last-minute push by some Democrats.
    
Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos says his chamber remains philosophically opposed to a program he estimates would cost $200 million.
    
Supporters say the voluntary system that would match private donations 6-to-1 is the best way to blunt the influence of big-money special interests.
    
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Assembly Democrats support public financing as part of a package of new laws to require greater disclosure and lower donation limits.
    
Skelos says Tuesday the issue hasn't even been discussed "in a while" during closed-door negotiations.
    
Supporters say Cuomo and Democrats could still get the bill to the Senate floor without Republican approval.

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