“Speak Out” with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Focuses on Using Income Taxes to Finance Education

Panelists discuss alternatives to fund schools
June 27, 2012
Galef addresses an overflow crowd at her forum on alternative funding for schools. She is joined by, from left to right, Cahill, Mauro, Reid, and McMahon
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, who was joined by her colleague Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, hosted a forum dedicated to investigating Cahill’s bill A447, which proposes that school costs be paid directly by the state rather than through property taxes. The forum featured three distinguished panelists, Frank Mauro, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, Edmund J. McMahon, Director of the Empire Center for New York State Policy and Senior Fellow for Tax and Budgetary Studies at Manhattan Institute, and Martin Reid, Deputy Director of Government Relations for the New York State School Boards Association.

The forum airs in three parts. In the first two segments, Assemblywoman Galef introduces the topic and important background information related to taxes in New York State, from the high level of property taxes to the difficulties balancing the state budget. Assemblyman Cahill takes the floor to present and discuss his legislative proposal. The panel experts then present their opinions and critiques of the bill, with topics such as the volatility of income taxes, reliance on the property tax, and local control. In part three of the forum, community members from the area as well as from Cahill’s assembly district asked questions of the panel, which included issues such as the effects of New York tax policy and methods of spending, as well as quality of education in school districts.

“I appreciate my colleague, Assemblyman Cahill, coming to my district to discuss this critical issue,” said Galef. “The education of our children is one of the most important services a state provides, and finding the best means for funding is one we continue to struggle with. I encourage anyone who wasn’t able to make it to this forum to watch it on TV.”

Tune in to cable television on the following days and times to learn more.

“Speak Out” with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef on Alternatives to Funding Education
airs as follows:

Cablevision

Part 1 Airs 7/6, 7/27, 8/17 & 9/7
Part 2 Airs 7/13, 8/3, 8/24 & 9/14
Part 3 Airs 7/20, 8/10, 8/31 & 9/21

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Wappingers Falls airs on Channel 21: Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.
(Cold Spring, Philipstown North)
Yorktown airs on Channel 74: Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
(Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley)

Comcast
Part 1 Airs 7/6, 7/27 & 8/17
Part 2 Airs 7/13, 8/3 & 8/24
Part 3 Airs 7/20, 8/10 & 8/31

Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8: Wednesday at 7:30

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