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Campaign for Fiscal Equity
 

Wed, Jan 7, 2009

CFE Responds to the 2009 State of the State

Statement of Geri D. Palast, Executive Director, Campaign for Fiscal Equity

"Governor Paterson has been dealt a challenging hand, but he must address the economic crisis using the same principles of fairness and equity that he has supported throughout his career. The schoolchildren of New York State have operated at a deficit for more than 15 years. The 2007 resolution of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity litigation was designed to make them whole by prioritizing new funding for the neediest schools and students to provide for their constitutional right to a quality education. Yet the Governor is proposing a $2.5 billion cut in this commitment this year. Before asking the poorest children in our state to sacrifice their futures, he must take every possible action to make good on this commitment by raising taxes on our wealthiest citizens and working for federal stimulus funds to fill the budget gap. The State will bounce back, but this is the only opportunity for these kids," said Geri D. Palast, Executive Director, Campaign for Fiscal Equity.

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