Magnarelli: Governor’s Final Budget Shortchanges Education – Again
January 20, 2006
The governor recently released the details of his final spending plan and I’m already troubled by his budget’s impact on our schools and colleges. Governor Pataki’s budget claims to lay a foundation for the state’s upcoming fiscal year, but all too often that foundation has been built on the shifting sands of his empty promises. Indeed there are some good points in the governor’s budget, and I’m committed to building on them to achieve an on-time budget this year – working with the Senate and governor to reach a bipartisan compromise that is fair to Central New York. A sound, basic education must be a priority With this budget the governor makes it a perfect dozen – 12 consecutive budgets that shortchange our schools. This year, the governor actually claims to propose additional education funding – but the truth is that he doesn’t increase operating aid for local schools. Our local schools have fared slightly better than last year’s, but still not good enough to address their current needs. With the proposed operating aid:
- Syracuse City School District is looking at about a 3.5 percent increase;
- Westhill School District is looking at a 2.78 percent increase;
- Baldwinsville School District is looking at a 2.35 percent increase;
- West Genesee School District is looking at a 1.34 percent increase; and
- Solvay School District is actually looking at a .77 percent cut in aid.