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Campaign for Fiscal Equity
 

Thu, Feb 11, 2010

CFE Gives Testimony Before New York State Finance Committe and New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee

CFE opposes Governor Paterson’s Proposed School Cuts; Urges Legislature to Make a Downpayment on Equity Increases

In her testimony on the 2010-2011 Executive Budget, Executive Director Geri Palast calls on the Senate and Assembly to:

• Make a downpayment on full funding of the original legislated CFE promise for the third year of $1.5 Billion in Foundation Aid

• At least fund the small increase of $523 million in school aid, adding $170 million in Foundation Aid, proposed by the Board of Regents

• Prioritize increased funding of Foundation Aid prior to making cuts. Treat Foundation Aid at least the same as expense and other school aids

• Prevent another extension of the CFE phase-in period for increases in Foundation Aid

• Preserve the Contracts for Excellence

• Allow No Supplantation

• Enforce the Mandated New York City Funding of $2.2 billion

• Truth in Budget Reporting

Download CFE's full testimony here!


Parents from across the state march on the Capitol in Albany to show support for CFE.
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