BILL NO A01633 SAME AS No Same as SPONSOR Pretlow COSPNSR MLTSPNSR Amd S3602, Ed L Provides for the time period bases and manner of payment of employment preparation education apportionment state aid.Go to top
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A1633 SPONSOR: Pretlow
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the employment prepa- ration education apportionment   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To make an additional reimbursement of expenditures to school districts and BOCES from the Employment Preparation Education (EPE) apportionment.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The bill amends the EPE apportionment section of the Education Law to add an additional payment period.   JUSTIFICATION: School districts and BOCES who receive EPE aid for adult education students are facing a serious cash flow problem. Twice in this decade the State, in typical budget sleight-of-hand, has lagged payments for expenditures already made for six months each time. Given that the State is often over-late in meeting its responsibilities to make on-time payments, this additional one year lag creates a serious cash flow prob- lem for our school districts and BOCES. School districts and BOCES typically pay for expenses for their adult education programs up front, then make reports to the State Education Department (SED) twice a year. Reports made by March first for the peri- od ending December 31st are paid sometime after April first. Reports made by September 15th for the period ending June 30th are paid sometime after April first. This bill will simply divide the year into thirds, adding an additional reporting period and further providing that the total of such payments will not exceed seventy-five percent of the amount of the claims. This will greatly improve the cash flow for these programs and will allow the school districts and BOCES to catch up on the money already owed to them by the State.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill. A2634 2009/2010 referred to education New Bill Originally was a part of an omnibus proposal 1997-98 A.5505-C   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Initial catch-up cost to State approximately $10 million. No additional costs thereafter. Relief to local school districts and BOCES in more timely payments and a better cash flow situation.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.