New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Update: Senate and Assembly State Budget Proposals

March 15, 2021

Late Saturday night and into early Sunday morning, both the Senate and Assembly introduced their own state budget priorities and formal reactions to the Governor's executive proposal, commonly referred to as "one-house" budgets.

Both houses reject a number of executive proposals that NYSSBA opposed, including consolidation of expense-based aids, the creation of the Local District Funding Adjustment state aid cut and the elimination of prior year adjustments. The proposals further include a number of items that NYSSBA has advocated strongly for over the past few months, including ensuring all standard transportation costs incurred by districts during the pandemic are aidable and increasing the undesignated fund balance limit. Both houses would also significantly increase statewide school aid levels above the executive budget proposal.

Details of each house's budget proposal can be accessed through the links below.

NYSSBA 2021-22 Senate One House Analysis

NYSSBA 2021-22 Assembly One House Analysis

The NYSSBA Governmental Relations team will continue to advocate strongly for many of the items included in these one-houses budgets, as negotiations continue for the next few weeks in advance of the April 1 state budget deadline.

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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