Governor Cuomo sent this message to New Yorkers:
“Late last night, we reached agreement on the 7th budget of my administration.
This budget agreement continues my administration’s record of fiscal responsibility and improving infrastructure. It also makes real a first-in-the-nation tuition-free college program for middle class families and will correct a long standing injustice by raising the age of criminal responsibility to 18 in our great state.
The major achievements, both for New York’s middle class and building on our promises to make college possible for all and take steps to create a fair criminal justice system, included in this budget will improve the lives of New Yorkers and help build a stronger New York.
I want as many New Yorkers as possible to learn about how we prioritize spending and how this administration puts people, not politics, first.”
Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, a Democrat from Brooklyn, in reference to the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference said, “We have a governor who unfortunately empowers the other party on the other side,” said.
Alliance for Quality Education released this notice Assembly Unity Key to Defeating Governor’s Plan to Repeal Foundation Aid formula and Minimizing Diversion of Funds from Public Schools to Privately Run Charters
“The Governor and the Legislative Leaders announced a state budget deal. It includes around a $1 billion increase in school aid including $700 million in new Foundation Aid, although the exact distribution among school districts is not yet available. New York State owes $4.3 billion in Foundation Aid to schools statewide as a result of the decision of the New York State Court of Appeals in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit.
The Assembly Majority fought hard for our public school children and it was an uphill battle with both Governor Cuomo and the Senate Republican-IDC Majority Coalition standing in the way.”
Governor Cuomo cares about “middle class” families but shows little concern for elementary and secondary education school children. If we were to properly educate all children in America, colleges would be competing for the students of all classes by offering them academic scholarships.
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