Albany – As part of the State Legislature’s two-way agreement on a final budget, on Monday the New York State Assembly and Senate began passing major provisions of the state’s spending plan, which included funding for education. While the State Legislature was moving forward in finalizing the 2010-2011 state budget, Governor David Paterson took to his veto pen and slashed $419 million in education aid for New York’s public schools.
“We cannot allow the budget deficit to cripple our education system. It is wrong to slash school aid at a time when districts are laying off teachers, cutting vital programs, and increasing class sizes,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel. Once again the Governor has proven that he’s just not making the grade. Schools and taxpayers need this fiscal relief.”
The State Legislature’s spending plan, which accepts the Assembly’s education budget proposal, minimizes the devastating cuts to education proposed in the Governor’s 2010-2011 executive budget. The final budget includes a $600 million restoration to school aid, rejecting the largest school aid cut ($1.4 billion) by any Governor in New York State’s history.