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Advocacy Alert: NYSSBA 2016 State Budget Analysis

April 5, 2016

Earlier today the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar to present their analysis of the 2016 State Budget and to answer questions.


If you were unable to view the webinar live, you may view it at any time at the link below.


Advocacy Alert 2016-17 Budget Deal Reached

Late yesterday, the Legislature and the Governor reached an agreement on the 2016-17 state budget. The Senate has passed all of the budget bills. The Assembly has not voted on the education bills yet.  This year’s budget includes a significant increase in funding for school districts totaling $1.47 billion more than 2015-16. The school aid package includes:

  • $434 million to finally end the Gap Elimination Adjustment for all school districts
  • $627 million in additional Foundation Aid
    • $100 million in Foundation Aid will be set aside to create and expand Community Schools. A list of affected districts and the set aside amounts is below


Call to Action: APPR and State Aid

March 29, 2016

Support Delinking State Aid and APPR

Currently, school districts are required to have an approved APPR plan consistent with the changes adopted in the 2015 budget (3012-d) in place by September 1, 2016.

Failure to do so places a district’s 2015-16 and 2016-17 state aid increases at risk of being withheld by the state.

NYSSBA has called for changes to this law.


Call to Action: APPR and State Aid

March 23, 2016


Support Changes in the Financial Penalties Associated with APPR

Currently, school districts are required to have an approved APPR plan consistent with the changes adopted in the 2015 budget (3012-d) in place by September 1, 2016.

Failure to do so places a district’s 2015-16 and 2016-17 state aid increases at risk of being withheld by the state.

NYSSBA has called for changes to this law. As a part of our 2016 budget request we asked that state aid be delinked from APPR.


Call to Action: Education Tax Credit and Budget Negotiations

March 18, 2016

Legislature Completes First Week of Budget Negotiations

Following the release of their respective budget proposals the legislature has appointed conference committees and held their first round of formal, public negotiations.  A full list of conference committee appointees is included below. Table targets, the amount of money that each committee is authorized to add over and above the Executive proposal, have not been released and are expected sometime next week.


Advocacy Alert: Legislative Budget Proposals

March 13, 2016

Late last night both the Assembly and the Senate released their house’s respective budget bills.

These proposals represent the next step in the process to negotiate a final state spending plan for the 2016-17 fiscal year.


Advocacy Alert: Assembly Releases First Look at Education Proposals

March 10, 2016


Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Education Chair Cathy Nolan announced today that the Assembly budget proposal will include an increase in education aid of $2.13 billion, over $1 billion more than proposed by the governor.

Their proposal focuses on a number of NYSSBA supported initiatives including:

  • $1.1 billion increase in Foundation Aid
  • Elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment ($434 million)
  • $200 million in funding for community schools


Take Action: School District Tax Cap Update

March 4, 2016

School District Tax Cap Update

Earlier this week, more than 600 school districts - approximately 90% of those that will be reporting - submitted their tax cap calculations to the Office of the State Comptroller. Unfortunately, the results were not surprising. Districts are facing the lowest average tax cap in its five year history at just 1.11%, based on the districts that submitted their calculations to date.

Even more alarming, scores of districts are reporting a negative tax cap for 2016-17. Based on the latest information available, a record 76 districts (or more than 12% of all districts statewide) find themselves in the difficult situation of a negative tax cap for the upcoming school year.


Call To Action: NYSSBA 2016 State Budget Request

February 22, 2016

Time is running out to make your voice and that of your district heard before Legislative budget proposals are released. Tell your State representatives that you want to see dramatically increased funding in the Legislative budget proposals. Take Action Now

Send a letter and join your fellow board members at NYSSBA’s Capital Conference and Lobby Day, February 28th and 29th. Hear from Dr. Jere Hochman, Deputy Secretary of Education to Governor Cuomo, who will be sharing his perspective on major policy matters before the Governor and State Legislature. Meet with NYSSBA Governmental Relations staff throughout the conference to view our new state aid analysis tool, get a district specific aid analysis and learn more about our new online advocacy tools.


Call to Action: Reform the Tax Cap

February 12, 2016

 

The 2016 budget process is more complicated than ever, in part because the 0.12% growth factor in the calculation of district tax caps will allow virtually no growth in district tax levies without supermajority approval.

Moderate changes to the calculation of the school district property tax cap would provide districts with much needed relief. Take Action Now


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