Advocacy Alert: State Budget Negotiations Continue

March 27, 2019

With just over four days remaining before the start of the state fiscal year, state legislators and Governor Cuomo continue to work on the state budget. This morning, the Joint Education Subcommittee met and announced some areas of consensus in the budget bill.

The parties have agreed to allow school districts to enter into "piggyback" contracts for transportation services. This NYSSBA supported mandate relief proposal will allow districts to share services at any point in the contract of the initiating district.

In addition, the parties have agreed to changes to the schedule of building condition surveys, and have come to an agreement about operating aid for the State Education Department. The amount and purpose of that aid was not made available.

However, many of the most contentious issues remain open, including the amount of the Foundation Aid increase, and the fate of the Executive's proposal to redistribute Foundation Aid among school buildings.

It is not too late to reach out.  Consider contacting your legislators and letting them know what your district needs.

Assembly 518-455-4100

Senate 518-455-2800

Some issues still outstanding include:

Make your district's voice heard! Consider sending a letter on behalf of your board to your legislators advocating for your board's priorities. A sample letter is included below.

​For assistance identifying your district's state level representatives, please contact Belinda Heckler, Governmental Relations Representative and Grassroots Advocacy Manager at

NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will continue to report on these and other issues. For more information, visit our Key Issues Page

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