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NYC subway repairs could be funded by legalized pot, says GOP gubernatorial candidate

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Here’s a unique approach to fix the city’s ailing subway

New York’s governor has proposed imposing a congestion pricing plan; NYC’s Mayor wants to impose a millionaires tax instead; and now a New York gubernatorial candidate wants to take the high road to fix the NYC’s ailing subway system.

Republican candidate Joel Giambra has proposed legalized recreational marijuana to help fund the subway, the New York Daily News reports. A source close to the gubernatorial candidate told the Daily News that Giambra would commit all the tax revenue generated by the sale of pot toward fixing the subway.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have been at loggerheads over the best funding source for the subway. Cuomo continues to push for congestion pricing, but De Blasio feels it unfairly targets low-income New Yorkers. Cuomo feels de Blasio’s millionaires tax plan will never pass through state legislature. Furthermore, the city is unwilling to contribute toward the MTA’s $836 million action, on the grounds that state has previously redirected MTA funds for other purposes.

In the midst of all that, Giambra is proposing legalizing recreational marijuana, which may not prove to be popular with his own party (see Jeff Sessions’ Marijuana crackdown), but will likely be a popular opinion in New York. So far, eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational pot. The New York gubernatorial elections will take place on November 6 this year.