January 18, 2019

TAKE ACTION: Don't let them make the tax cap permanent.

Author: Andy Pallotta, President
Source: NYSUT
no permanent tax cap

How do you make a bad law even worse?

By making it permanent.

Earlier this week, State Senate leadership announced support for making the tax cap in New York permanent, and yesterday, Senator Gaughran introduced S. 1904, which would do just that. A provision of the Executive Budget also seeks to do the same. However, this would be an extraordinary mistake that would make permanent the severe harm that the tax cap does to local districts, students, and public education!

Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to contact your State Senators TODAY to tell them that you oppose any legislation that would make the current tax cap permanent without key reforms!

The tax cap places an unconstitutional supermajority requirement on votes for school budgets seeking to increase the school funding tax levy by more than 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. The tax cap affects students all across New York but hurts our poorest districts the most, placing the most severe limits on their ability to raise funds and punishing parents and other taxpayers in low-wealth districts who try to provide more funding for their children.

NYSUT opposes making the tax cap permanent without the enactment of key reforms that would ensure that this policy would not continue to harm our students and public education.

Take action now at the NYSUT Member Action Center to contact your State Senators TODAY to tell them that you oppose any legislation that would make the current tax cap permanent without key reforms!

There is no time to wait! We need to take action TODAY!

In solidarity,

Andrew Pallotta
NYSUT President

P.S.: Don’t let them make the tax cap even worse by making it permanent! Take action NOW!

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