New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Update: Work Resumes on Tax Reform Bills


November 27, 2017

Congress has returned to Washington after the Thanksgiving holiday and the Senate is expected to start voting on their version of the tax bill as early as Wednesday. The House passed their version before the holiday.  The Senate version currently includes a full repeal of the SALT deduction. The version passed by the House would eliminate the deduction of state and local income and sales taxes, and would cap the property tax deduction at $10,000. NYSSBA has been active in voicing our opposition to any changes to the SALT deduction.

The proposed tax plans are far broader than just the SALT proposal. Also on the table are proposals to allow for up to $10,000 to be withdrawn annually from 529 education savings plans for use towards elementary and secondary tuition and other expenses. This change would allow individuals to set aside and then use significant amounts of money for private school tuition, while receiving tax relief for the contribution and growth in the account. Finally, a proposal is included that would threaten the ability of school districts to access certain tax free bonds and refinancing of existing bonds.

Please contact your Congressional Representatives and tell them these proposals are bad for your students and school district.

To contact your representatives, call the Capitol switchboard at:

(202) 224-3121

If you need assistance identifying your Congressional Representative, please visit the NYSSBA Action Center:

For information on these issues you can refer to in your conversations, please see the links below:


Resources to Support Education about Opioid Abuse

Despite efforts to combat the level of addiction, the opioid abuse epidemic continues to be a serious problem across New York State.  To help parents and educators, NYSSBA Governmental Relations is sharing the Kitchen Table Toolkit. The Kitchen Table Toolkit was developed to assist parents, teachers, counselors and the community with guidance on how to initiate conversations about heroin and opioid abuse. This toolkit includes videos, power points and other resources that were developed by the State and are available for use without fees.


Registration for 2018 NAI and Capital Conference Is Now Open

It is more critical than ever that policymakers in Albany and Washington hear from school board members about what districts need and how our students can be supported.

Consider joining NYSSBA and NSBA for the 2018 National Advocacy Institute, Sunday, February 4th through Tuesday, February 6th. Registration information is below.

In addition, please join NYSSBA for the 2018 Capital Conference, 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.

For more information, visit our Key Issues Page, and be sure to follow NYSSBA on Facebook and Twitter.

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