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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.
January 16, 2018
Earlier today, Governor Cuomo released his proposed 2018-19 state budget. The Executive proposes a $769 increase in education funding. This is a 3% increase in education spending. The allowable growth under his self-imposed link to personal income growth would have been half that at 1.5%
$769 increase in education (3%)
January 16, 2018
The Division of the Budget has released the school aid runs that support the Executive's 2018-19 budget proposal. District by district information can be accessed below.
Join NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team to get the details on the Executive budget next Tuesday, January 23rd at noon.
January 11, 2018
On Monday, legislative leaders presented their legislative agendas. Despite the difficulties of the current fiscal environment, Speaker Heastie renewed his conference's commitment to funding education and indicated he wanted to "build on the success" of the past years, specifically in relation to Foundation Aid. The Senate focused more on tax relief, including reducing current mandates and prohibiting future unfunded mandates.
The Governor has announced he will release his 2018-19 Executive Budget on Tuesday, January 16th at 1:00 p.m..
Following the release, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team will provide an overview and analysis, as well as school aid runs as soon as they become available.
January 4, 2018
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo delivered the 2018 State of the State address. Returning to a more traditional schedule, which he had abandoned in recent years, the Governor delivered the address on the opening day of session separate from the release of the 2018 Executive Budget.
Education issues were given very little time during the speech itself. The actual comments on education policy included:
December 20, 2017
Monday night, Governor Cuomo vetoed a number of NYSSBA supported bills. A listing of the bills is below. NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team was disappointed by these vetoes especially given their broad support. Despite being disapproved by the Executive, NYSSBA knows that these are issues of importance to our members, and will work to address the concerns raised in the veto messages and seek alternative solutions that will allow us to meet our goals.
Veto 209 (S.4283 (Murphy)/A.5965 (Galef)): This bill would have made a technical adjustment to the property tax cap by clarifying that a school district's costs related to BOCES capital be treated in the same manner as the district's own capital costs, which are excluded from the tax cap calculation. Such an adjustment would have removed the disincentive for school districts to invest in updating and expanding BOCES facilities.
December 15, 2017
Yesterday, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team hosted a webinar discussing the recent election results and previewing the 2018 session and budget and legislative priorities.
If you were unable to participate, you can view the webinar and materials below.
December 12, 2017
On Monday, the Board of Regents released their 2018-19 School Aid proposal. The Regents recommended a school aid increase of more than $1.6 billion, or 6.3%, over current year funding levels. Their proposal includes:
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