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Call to Action: Federal Tax Plan Released

November 3, 2017

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives released their long anticipated tax reform bill. Coined the "Tax Cut and Jobs Plan," HR 1 includes a modified version of the plan to eliminate the state and local tax (SALT) deduction. Under this proposal, the deduction for state and local sales and income taxes would be eliminated, while the deductibility of property taxes would be continued, but capped at $10,000 per year. This compromise would still negatively impact many New Yorkers. Urge your congressional representative to oppose any change or reduction in the SALT deduction. Take Action Now


Call to Action: Congress Prepares to Take Up Tax Reform Plan

October 25, 2017

Congress is preparing to act on a budget resolution, an action that will pave the way for further action on a tax reform plan. Advertised as a tax cut for the middle class, the outline of the proposal (based on the information available at this time) would:

  • Reduce  the number of federal income tax brackets, including an increase for the lowest income earners and a decrease for highest income earners;
  • Reduce the corporate rate for most corporations;
  • Double the standard deduction; and
  • Eliminate a number of key federal deductions including the deduction of state and local taxes (SALT), including property taxes levied by school districts.


Advocacy Update: 2017 Annual Business Meeting Summary

October 16, 2017

Delegates at the 2017 Annual Business Meeting engaged in significant debate on a number of issues. This year, the delegates were presented with one proposed bylaw amendment and thirty-one resolutions. By the end of the meeting, delegates had elected the 2017 NYSSBA officers, adopted one amendment to the bylaws, extended two existing positions and adopted twenty-four new positions.


Take Action to Protect Medicaid in Schools

September 20, 2017

As the U.S. Senate considers yet another version of healthcare reform legislation to change the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," NYSSBA, in partnership with the National School Boards Association (NSBA), urges local school board members to contact their U.S. Senators and congressional representatives and urge them to oppose legislation or provisions that place arbitrary caps on how much Medicaid funding a child receives. Take Action Now

Medicaid funding is directly related to a school's ability to assist students by providing access to quality healthcare.

Contact your U.S. Senators and ask them to protect this funding.

Visit the NYSSBA Online Action Center to access letters to legislators on this and other NYSSBA priority bills.  


2017 Voting Delegates’ Guide

September 7, 2017

NYSSBA Annual Business Meeting
Saturday, October 14 - 8:00 a.m.
1932 Jack Shea Arena

Below you will find a link to the 2017 Voting Delegates' Guide for the Annual Business Meeting.  This guide contains the report of the Resolutions Committee as well as endorsements received by the September 5 deadline.


Advocacy Alert – NYSSBA State Aid Databases Available Online

August 17, 2017

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 Governmental Relations.


2017 Proposed Bylaw Amendments & Resolutions Book

August 14, 2017

Below is the link to the 2017 Proposed Bylaw Amendments & Resolutions Book.

This book contains information needed to prepare for the 2017 Annual Business Meeting, including:

  • The Order of Business.
  • The Report of the Resolutions Committee.
  • Rules of Conduct for the Business Meeting.
  • Instructions for the Submission of Amendments and Rebuttals.


Advocacy Update – Federal Issues Webinar

August 2, 2017

Yesterday NYSSBA was joined by NSBA to deliver a Federal Issues Update webinar. This webinar, which can be viewed below, provided up to date information on Congressional activity in advance of the August in-district work period. Should you have any questions please contact NYSSBA Governmental Relations at 518-783-0200.


Advocacy Update: Federal Issues

July 27, 2017


As the August district work period approaches, the Senate has delayed coming back to their home districts in order to  continue efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Yesterday, the Senate considered legislation that would repeal the ACA, including proposed cuts to Medicaid funding for school districts. However, there were inadequate votes to pass the bill.

Efforts continue to eliminate and reduce Medicaid and other federal funding streams that are vital to school districts.


Advocacy Update: Resolutions Deadline Monday, July 10

July 7, 2017

The 2017 Resolutions deadline is fast approaching. Please consider submitting a resolution for consideration by the delegates at the 2017 Annual Business Meeting. As a reminder, the deadline for resolution submission is close of business, Monday July 10, 2017. If you plan to submit, please review the Resolution Kit below as a reference guide.

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