Lots to do this week

Another busy workweek. Here’s just the tip of the iceberg. NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi meets today with folks in Broome County still coping with problems of flooding. One way you can help will be through a page on this website that helps hook up local unions with classrooms, schools or districts with needs. So, if […]

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Gov. vetoes pension bill

Gannett is reporting that Moody’s Investor Services says the property tax cap could “imperil” school districts and local governments. I can’t find a link to actual Moody’s report yet, but analyst Robert Weber says: New York state’s recently approved property-tax cap is likely to put additional pressure on local government financial operations already strained by declining […]

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Batavia asks questions about how to fund schools

Here’s a link to one report about the impact of the property tax cap in just one district if the tax cap had been in effect. The article notes that schools and municipalities would not be able to raise the tax levy by more than 2 percent or the consumer price index, whichever is less. […]

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When can we start saying “Told you so”

So the ceremonial signing of the property tax cap happened today in Pleasantville, NY. I mention the location because I like the irony of linking this law to the movie Pleasantville which pleasantly tried to teach that personal repression can create larger political oppression and very ugly situations. I wonder how long it will take […]

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Legislative latest

What a Friday. There’s a 144-page omnibus bill to go through. On a handheld device it is really slow. So far none of it looks like good news. It seems all the bad in the 0 percent tax cap went through. One bit of good news, a bill passed both houses that all school districts […]

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From Albany to Wyandanch, you need to call

If you live in Albany, Afton, Brentwood, Central Islip, East Ramapo, Elmsford, Greenburgh, Malverne, Middletown, Mount Vernon, Ossining, Peekskille, Port Chester, Poughkeepsie, Salmon River, Valley Stream, Westbury and Wyandanch, you know the painful cuts your district endured. You know your increase was more than 2 percent, but you know that your school budget passed this […]

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Pretty please, keep up the calls

It’s officially on a blog the possibility that lawmakers might go until through the weekend or (gasp) until Monday to finalize this legislative session. Frankly I am not sure which newspaper or television outlet  to believe any more. I do know that those who favor a tax cap are keeping up the pressure as more […]

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Tell them to fix it

Most news outlets are reporting deals are near on tax cap, public college tuition increases, rent control and same-sex marriage. “The rent regulation, property tax mandate relief bill is a complicated bill,” Cuomo told the Albany Times-Union, referring to omnibus legislation lawmakers have called “the Big Ugly.” “If it takes a little bit more time, […]

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Wednesday wake-up call

No details here or here, but the Gov. reported the framework of a deal that he calls historic.I agree it is historic but not in any way the middle class should be happy about. If the press reports are accurate, it takes away the wishes of the majority. I am stunned that it appears the 40 […]

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Must-do Monday

So far, over 67,000 of you have called through the action line to oppose the property tax cap. Close to 10,000 of you have also sent faxes. It’s not over. There is no vote and there is still time. Join the thousands who are calling in to say it’s unfair because: it’s not democratic. Just […]

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