Two new action items have been posted on the NYSUT MAC page:
Amend the Tax Cap
Until we’re able to help the general public recognize that the tax cap is undemocratic and ultimately damaging, there doesn’t seem like much chance of getting it repealed. So for now the best hope is to get it amended to fix some of the worst provisions. Specifically, NYSUT is calling for the following changes:
- modify the allowable tax levy limit to 2 percent or CPI, whichever is greater
- eliminate the supermajority requirement
- eliminate the possibility of negative tax levy limits
- allow for exemptions to include items such as increased enrollment, spending on school security measures, BOCES capital expenses, and include PILOTs (payments in lieu of taxes) in the tax base growth factor determinations
Please CLICK HERE to send a message to legislators that this needs to be fixed.
Say NO to the Parental Choice in Education Act
The Parental Choice in Education Act (part of the 2016-17 Budget) contains two objectionable components: the Education Scholarship and Program Tax Credit and the Family Choice Education Credit.
The Education Scholarship and Program Tax Credit is designed for wealthy individuals and corporations. Under this proposal, individuals and corporations would receive a tax credit equal to 75 percent of their authorized contributions to an educational scholarship organization, a local education fund, or a public school entity, up to a maximum annual credit of $1 million. Under the Family Choice Education Credit, tax credits would be given to families who pay tuition and choose to send their children to private schools. These bills are thinly disguised private school voucher schemes offered under the guise of charitable giving for education purposes. Individuals and corporations will be able to reduce their tax bills by sending what they would otherwise owe in taxes to a foundation or educational scholarship organization that will turn the money into a private school voucher or will subsidize tuition at both religious and non-religious private schools.
If enacted, up to $140 million in tax credits would be allowed to be used for “qualified” schools and local education funds in 2017. “Qualified” schools include private schools and public schools; however, the tax credits are geared towards private schools
Please CLICK HERE to tell your legislators to say NO to the Parental Choice in Education Act.