Call to Action: Education Tax Credit and Budget Negotiations
March 18, 2016
Legislature Completes First Week of Budget Negotiations
Following the release of their respective budget proposals the legislature has appointed conference committees and held their first round of formal, public negotiations. A full list of conference committee appointees is included below. Table targets, the amount of money that each committee is authorized to add over and above the Executive proposal, have not been released and are expected sometime next week.
The NYSSBA Governmental Relations team has been hard at work meeting with legislators, staff and representatives of the Governor’s office to make sure your positions are considered as a part of the final enacted budget. After reviewing the legislative proposals we have shared the following materials with legislators and staff and will continue to do so in the days and weeks to come.
Please feel free to use these and all NYSSBA materials in your local advocacy meetings as well.
Annual Professional Performance Review
Current law requires that all school districts have an approved 3012-d plan in place by September 1, 2016 or risk losing state aid increases.
The Assembly has advanced language, supported by NYSSBA, that would remove the link between state aid and APPR. However, NYSSBA would also support alternative language that would allow districts to maintain a compliant 3012-c or 3012-d plan and receive their state aid awards.
Education Tax Credit
The Senate and the Executive both included proposals to create an education tax credit in their respective budgets. Please continue to share your opposition to these proposals with all policy makers by sending the following letter: Take Action Now
Tax Cap Update
NYSSBA has partnered with the Educational Conference Board to release the following letter on the effect of the tax cap on school districts and the importance of legislative action. This year, an unprecedented number of districts, more than 80 to date, report negative caps.