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Blog State Budget
December 19, 2011The Governor should avoid more new taxes as the way to close the rest of the budget gap and instead focus on containing spending growth in Medicaid, pensions, education, and economic development.
November 01, 2011New York State imposes more than 200 special education mandates above and beyond those required by federal law; changes are needed to bring NY in line with other states.
Letter Pensions & Benefits
June 29, 2011CBC sent a letter of commendation to the State Legislators who voted against school district borrowing for pension contributions (A6309/S4067).
May 01, 2011Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering a proposal from SUNY-Buffalo to give that university greater autonomy. The proposal deserves support and should be extended to all SUNY schools.
April 08, 2011CBC Breakfast with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher in April 2011.
March 31, 2011Changes made in the Enacted NYS FY2012 Budget “leveled” out the Governor’s original school aid proposal, which had been targeted so that the percent cut generally increased as the wealth of the district increased.
February 27, 2011The overall reduction in school aid in the NY State FY2012 Executive Budget is necessary to bring spending to a more sustainable level, but the cuts’ impacts on individual districts should be modified.
February 18, 2011CBC Breakfast with CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein in February 2011.
Blog Pensions & Benefits
February 01, 2011Negotiating increases in premium sharing with school employee unions would provide immediate savings and reduce future costs.
November 29, 2004CBC recommends reforms to improve efficiencies in education spending to offset the additional spending required under the Campaign for Fiscal Equity settlement. Recommendations include: 1) Reallocating state education aid away from wealthy districts and to more needy districts; 2) Relaxing limits on the time teachers spend in the classroom; 3) Consolidating small school districts; and 4) placing a cap on administrative expenses.
November 29, 2004CBC recommends two alternative proposals to meet the Campaign for Fiscal Equity capital requirements for providing adequate classroom space. The two options are redistricting schools and operating schools on year-round schedules.
November 29, 2004CBC assesses the potential to increase gambling revenue in order to meet the requirements of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity settlement and finds that aggressive pursuit of gambling revenues has the potential to generate $2 and $3 billion annually, but the State must consider its long-run sustainability, disproportionate impact on lower-income taxpayers, and social costs.
November 29, 2004CBC conducted case studies of seven states (Kentucky, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and Michigan) that have faced legal challenges to their public school financing systems. The analysis considers the following questions: 1) How long did it take and why? 2) How much did it cost, and where did the money come from? 3) What were the results in terms of finance outcomes? 4) What new strings where put on the money? 5) What were the results in terms of educational outcomes?
November 29, 2004CBC calls for a new accountability system for education spending to be developed in conjunction with the Campaign for Fiscal Equity settlement to ensure that new money, as well as old money, is spent effectively.
November 28, 2004CBC reviews revenue options to best pay for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity initiatives. CBC considers broadening the base of two taxes, sales and corporate income; raising rates on two existing statewide taxes, personal income and sales; and instituting a new statewide property tax.
September 19, 2004CBC's amicus curiae brief in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity case focuses on four critical issues regarding the infusion of additional funding into the New York City school system in order to provide students with a sound basic education: The mix of state and local responsibility; accountability mechanisms; adequate classroom space; and changes to workforce compensation and deployment.