Assemblymember Brindisi: Assembly Budget Proposal Invests in Education and Spurs Job Creation
March 13, 2012
Assemblymember Anthony J. Brindisi (D-Utica) announced the Assembly passed a budget proposal that increases state aid to schools and directs funding toward small-business development and job creation, while providing the capital funding necessary to create a more business-friendly environment in New York State (K.1023). “During this difficult economic time, we must continue to foster a business-friendly climate so that people can get back to work,” Assemblymember Brindisi said. “The Assembly’s budget proposal is the first step towards enacting an on-time budget that delivers real results for Mohawk Valley families.” Investing in our children’s education The Assembly budget proposal redirects $178 million to school districts through a renewed commitment to Foundation Aid, ensuring that every school district receives more state aid that what the executive budget proposed, noted Assemblymember Brindisi. The Assembly budget proposal also:
- provides $38 million in expense-based aids and rejects the plan to freeze this aid;
- rejects the plan to require schools to share the cost of pre-school and special education; and
- increases aid to public libraries by $1 million.
- More than $600,00 to SUNY child-care centers; and
- $3.5 million to the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).
- a second round of loans within the Small Business Revolving Loan Fund ($25 million);
- creation of a new Back to Work NY Jobs Program ($20.25 million);
- Commercialization Assistance Fund ($10 million);
- military base retention efforts ($5.4 million);
- support for the Minority- and Women-owned Business Development and Lending Program ($2 million);
- Agricultural Industry Competitiveness Assistance Program ($1 million);
- Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Outreach and Technical Assistance efforts ($500,000); and
- Regional Technology Development Centers ($200,000).