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March 19, 2018
Following the release of the Legislative budget proposals, the Governmental Relations team is hard at work advocating for NYSSBA's budget priorities, including:
March 16, 2018
Below, you will find NYSSBA analyses of the Senate and Assembly budget proposals.
As we indicated earlier this week, both houses included proposals for significantly more education aid, primarily Foundation Aid, than the executive proposed. However, like the executive, each house included a variety of policy-related proposals directly affecting school districts.
March 14, 2018
Last night, the Senate released its own response to the Executive budget proposal. This afternoon, they introduced the accompanying resolution that provided some additional details around the proposal.
Complete analysis of the bills are underway, however some initial highlights include:
March 13, 2018
Last night, the Assembly Majority released their legislative budget proposal. Analysis of the bills is underway, however an initial read reveals that this proposal includes a number of NYSSBA priority items, and rejects some of the most harmful items in the Executive proposal.
The Assembly proposal includes:
March 7, 2018
Earlier this week, the State Senate and Assembly each acted on a series of bills in response to the most recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The Senate acted first, taking up a series of school focused bills on Monday afternoon. Included in their package was legislation that would:
March 2, 2018
Work on the development of the "one house" legislative budget proposals for 2018 is well under way. Take Action Now
Contact your legislators and ask them to consider NYSSBA's priorities as they finalize the 2018 state budget, including:
February 16, 2018
Late Thursday night, Governor Cuomo submitted a series of amendments to the original executive budget proposal he offered in January. Commonly referred to as "30 Day Amendments," the release notably includes a number of potential changes to the state's tax system, in response to the new federal tax plan - and the cap on SALT deductions, in particular - enacted late last year. These proposals include:
February 12, 2018
Congressional leaders have finally reached a long-sought agreement on top-line spending that will pave the way to complete the FY 2018 federal appropriations and budget process. The bipartisan agreement establishes new spending levels for FY 2018 and 2019, and temporarily extends federal funding until March 23 to avoid an additional federal government shutdown. Congress must now put together a larger omnibus spending package that will spell out allocations of funds for the U.S. Department of Education and other agencies through the remainder of the fiscal year.
January 25, 2018
Earlier this week the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar to provide an overview of the 2018 Executive Budget and answer your questions.
If you were unable to attend live and wish to view the webinar, you may do so at any time at the link below.
You may also review the written material Governmental Relations shared as a part of the webinar:
January 22, 2018
Friday night, the US Senate failed to pass a fourth Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government running. The House passed a CR (H.R.195) by a vote of 230 to 197 on Thursday that included a full reauthorization for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through FY 2023 in hopes of attracting Democratic votes in the Senate. The CR would have continued level funding for Title I grants for disadvantaged students, special education state grants and related programs and, would delay for two years the collection of the federal excise tax (or "Cadillac Tax") on certain employer health care coverages.
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