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March 28, 2017
Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives cancelled the vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bill was reported to have been pulled because there were not enough votes for it to be passed. Despite direct advocacy by President Trump, many members did not come to an agreement on the best approach to repeal and replace sections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also called Obamacare.
As previously reported, the bill includes changes to the ACA, but most significantly, the bill would have modified how the federal government would distribute Medicaid dollars.
March 22, 2017
March 17, 2016
Both the Assembly and the Senate released their house's respective budget bills this week.
These proposals represent the next step in the process to negotiate a final state spending plan for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
March 16, 2017
Throughout the day, additional details about the budget proposal were released. In a break with tradition, in addition to the Senate Budget Resolution sponsored by Majority Leader Flanagan, Leader of the IDC, Senator Klein advanced a similar, but not identical resolution, including some items with which the IDC disagrees with their coalition partners.
Only the resolution advanced by the Senate Republicans was adopted and will serve as the starting place for budget negotiations.
March 14, 2017
Last night, the Assembly and Senate began to release their respective budget proposals.
The complete Assembly proposal was released slightly ahead of the Senate proposal, so more details on the Assembly's version are available at this time. An analysis of the bills will be shared as soon as it is complete.
March 13, 2017
The bill would make a number of changes to Medicaid financing, including creation of a per capita cap model (i.e., per enrollee limits on federal payments to States) starting in fiscal year 2020. The bill proposes to use States' FY 2016 as the base year to set targeted spending for each enrollee category. The bill does exempt certain payments from the spending caps and allows for certain exemptions for specific populations.
March 8, 2017
March 2, 2017
Earlier this week, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman jointly released guidance reminding school districts of their rights and duties under existing state and federal laws to ensure the rights of immigrant children to attend the state's public school districts.
The guidance and press release can be viewed below:
February 24, 2017
Late Wednesday action was taken by federal officials to roll back an Obama era directive that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms in alignment with their gender identity. This Executive action left decisions on this issue in the hands of states and in the absence of state policy, districts.
New York leaders were swift in responding, reaffirming the state's commitment to protect the rights of all students, including transgender and gender non-conforming students, regardless of federal action.
February 23, 2017
Legislation Introduced to Provide Aid for Enrollment Growth and ELL Students
Legislation has been introduced in the Assembly that would provide targeted state aid for districts with recent growth in student enrollment, as well as for districts experiencing increases in their numbers of English language learner (ELL) students. This funding is a NYSSBA budget priority for 2017-18. NYSSBA highlighted the need for this change in our budget testimony delivered to the legislature earlier this month.
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