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August 25, 2010

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 3:46 pm

Important -information-catch up on the issues….Wednesday, August 25, 2010

If you remember only one fact please remember what Frank says below:

It is important that New York policymakers seize this opportunity to phase in an effective middle class circuit breaker.  But it is equally important that they adopt a long term strategic approach to moving a significant amount of costs from the local to the state levels in a way that achieves true tax reform.

Frank Mauro-Fiscal Policy Institute–author of the Omnibus Solution

 

 

I think the reference to the state’s “shifting the burden of paying for education onto the backs of local property taxpayers” refers to the fact that, while it provides “state aid”, it does so only on a year to year basis, based purely on its own political and fiscal considerations, rather than committing to a coherent revenue stream for the outyears that would help local districts do the same and ultimately help reduce local costs. (And in fact it has even reneged on commitments to increase needs-based aid mandated by CFE.)    Since education costs have been constantly rising (in part due to the state’s own mandates), and since the state is loathe to raise state income or other broad-based taxes, the pressure has naturally fallen on local school districts (and local governments in general) to shoulder an ever heavier burden, most of which falls on the backs of the property taxpayers.  That way local officials get most of the blame for the tax increase (and/or reductions in programs and services),  and Albany gets to shortchange, with relative impunity, its responsibility to educate the state’s children and its past commitment to revenue sharing and other municipal and county programs. That situation has of course intensified over the past two years. 


John Whiteley- Legislation and Policy  expert- OMNIBUS CONSORTIUM

…And a great observation from Rachel (Omnibus Consortium and coordinator of Westchester for Change)…

GIOIA, CAN YOU PERHAPS PUT INTO YOUR BLOG SOMETHING ABOUT THE NEW YORK MIDDLE CLASS SOON TO GO ON THE “ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST”  PERHAPS WE COULD GET AN ECOLOGICAL GRANT TO SAVE THE SPECIES,??

 

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