February 27, 2015
ALBANY, NY – Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R, Corning) stood with his Assembly colleagues and education advocates to deliver a simple message to the governor: release the school aid runs.
School aid runs are the state budget’s aid estimates that are traditionally provided to each district when the governor releases his budget proposal. Palmesano sayss that the governor has withheld these crucial estimates in an attempt to leverage the legislature to pass his controversial education reforms.
“It is time for the governor to work with the legislature and abandon his bullying tactics and heavy-handed approaches to governance,” said Palmesano. “Instead of helping districts plan for a bright future for our kids, he’s intentionally clouding the process in hopes of coercing the legislature to follow his agenda.”
Palmesano noted the extreme difficulty school districts will have in estimating their annual tax levy, an important budgetary step with a March 1 deadline.