Advocacy Alert: Tax Reform Bill Clears Senate
December 4, 2017
Working through the night on Friday, the U.S. Senate voted 51 to 49 to pass its own version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) early Saturday morning. There was an amendment offered by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to authorize an expansion of 529 education savings accounts for use for nonpublic school tuition, similar to the language included in the House-passed bill. An additional amendment was offered by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to allow taxpayers to deduct up to $10,000 in property tax payments (similar to language found in the House-passed bill).
A House-Senate conference committee for H.R. 1 is expected to be announced next week. Despite the Senate passage, it is not too late to express your opposition to this bill. Please weigh in with your Congressional representatives before the conference completes their work. As a reminder in New York State, Congressional representatives Tenney, Reed, Katko and Collins voted to support this proposal, however it is important for all members to be contacted to ensure they understand the impacts the legislation has on our school districts.
Take action now to tell your representatives to stop this bill before it is too late! Visit the NYSSBA Action Center to send letters opposing the tax plan.
NYSSBA State Aid Resources
As we prepare for the 2018 Legislative Session, the Governmental Relations team wants to ensure that you have resources to help talk about state aid.
First, NYSSBA's deputy director of Governmental Relations, Brian Fessler, has recorded a "State Aid 101 Webinar". The increasingly popular presentation was delivered in person at convention and across the state. NYSSBA staff is still available to present this program in person, but this webinar allows districts to access the content on-demand using the link below.
In addition, NYSSBA's state aid databases are now available on our website. Click the link below to access information regarding your district's funding levels, foundation aid owed and historical trends of district wealth, student need and enrollment. If you have any questions regarding the information in the database, do not hesitate to contact a member of the Governmental Relations team.
2018 Legislative Priorities and Position Statements
On Thursday, December 14th at 12 noon, please join the NYSSBA Governmental relations team for the annual NYSSBA legislative priorities webinar. The team will discuss NYSSBA's 2018 budget request and legislative priorities. Webinars are free for NYSSBA members.
Registration for 2018 NAI and Capital Conference Is Now Open
It is more critical than ever the policymakers in Albany and Washington hear from school board members about what districts need and how our students can be better supported.
Consider joining NYSSBA and NSBA for the 2018 National Advocacy Institute being held Sunday, February 4th through Tuesday, February 6th. Registration information is below.
In addition, please join NYSSBA for the 2018 Capital Conference being held Sunday, February 11th and Monday, February 12th. Registration information is below.
NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will keep you up to date on these and other issues.
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