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Campaign for Fiscal Equity

Wed, Mar 11, 2009

Nuisance Taxes Off the Table

Time to Focus on Stopping Devastating Cuts to School Children

Albany - Governor David Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith announced today that they have agreed to utilize $1.3 billion of the federal stimulus aid to eliminate the so-called “nuisance taxes”. CFE and AQE issued the following statements.

"The Governor and the legislative leaders have taken the first step in resolving the budget by taking nuisance taxes off the table, said Geri D. Palast, Executive Director, Campaign for Fiscal Equity. "Now New York State must follow the example set by President Obama and the Congress in prioritizing education and maintaining investment in schools and students. To do so, our leaders must enact Fair Share Tax Reform that asks high income New Yorkers to contribute their fair share. Together with the stimulus, the State can substantially restore the $2.5 billion in education cuts required to meet the constitutional obligation to provide adequate funding for a sound basic education established in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity litigation."

“One hurdle to getting a fair and on-time state budget was eliminated today, now the state can shift its focus from discussing hair cut taxes and I-Pod taxes to deciding on how we can best protect the education of our school children. By eliminating the nuisance taxes, the Governor and the Legislature now can now focus their full attention on stopping the dramatic cuts to schools and communities,” said Billy Easton, Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Education. “The remaining federal stimulus dollars combined with Fair Share Tax Reform can provide the resources needed to protect our school children and our communities from devastating cuts.”

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Parents from across the state march on the Capitol in Albany to show support for CFE.
CFE Litigation CFE v. State of New York
In 2006, after 13 years in the Courts, the New York State Court of Appeals affirmed the right of every public school student in New York to the opportunity for a sound basic education and the state’s responsibility to adequately fund this right, but deferred to the Governor and the Legislature to determine the appropriate amount. more >