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Advocacy Alert: Executive School Aid Runs Available

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.


NYSSBA Budget Webinar

Join NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team to get the details on the Executive budget next Tuesday, January 23rd at noon.


Advocacy Update: 2018 Session Underway

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.


Advocacy Alert: Governor Cuomo Delivers 2018 State of the State

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:

  • A commitment to continued investment in education, with a distribution that focuses on students with the greatest need.
    • A requirement that districts receiving grants from the state direct the funds to the neediest students in their districts.
  • A commitment to expand pre-kindergarten investments and STEM programs.
  • A commitment to a continuing investment in the Master Teacher Program.


Advocacy Alert: Final Action on Many NYSSBA Supported Bills

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.


Advocacy Alert: 2018 Legislative Preview

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.


Advocacy Alert: Regents Release 2018-19 State Aid Proposal

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:

  • $1.25 billion in additional Foundation Aid
    • $85 million of Foundation Aid increase would be restricted or "set-aside" within this amount, reserved for services for English language learner (ELL) students and compliance with part 154 regulations
    • Continuation of the Foundation Aid phase-in
    • A minimum level of additional Foundation Aid for all districts
  • $314 million increase for expense-based reimbursement aids (transportation, building, BOCES, etc.)
    • This represents full funding for these aid categories
  • $25 million for career and technical education (CTE)
    • This would increase the aidable salary cap on BOCES salaries over five years to $60,000
    • This would also transition non-component districts to a reimbursement for the delivery of CTE services
  • $20 million in additional aid for universal prekindergarten (UPK)


Advocacy Alert: Tax Reform Bill Clears Senate

December 4, 2017

Working through the night on Friday, the U.S. Senate voted 51 to 49 to pass its own version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) early Saturday morning. There was an amendment offered by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to authorize an expansion of 529 education savings accounts for use for nonpublic school tuition, similar to the language included in the House-passed bill.  An additional amendment was offered by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to allow taxpayers to deduct up to $10,000 in property tax payments (similar to language found in the House-passed bill).


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.


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.

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