Earlier this year, Assemblywoman Addie Russell said the Governor's proposed budget would hold and be enacted as proposed. Now Ms. Russell has found the sheer joy of speaking at education rallies where the applause lines are easy to craft and according to Jude, she has added an emotional quivver to her her voice when talking about the children and the teachers.
She also blasted other local elected officials for not decrying the Governor's plans, which she says will cost the area $25M and leave the area's youth disadvataged for generations to come.
Two or three percentage point decreases in state aid to area schools have the chattering class in a tizzie, but the Governor continues to insist the small cuts are needed to balance the budget and end New York's tendency to call reductions in the rate of increase a "cut."
Those quivvering over all this have latched onto a "millionaire's tax" as the easy fix...You know, we can have all we want and make those millionaires pay for it...All eight of them in Jefferson County, according to numbers provided by our Members of Assembly.
There is an elasticity to school district finances....The districts have the ability to increase property taxes to pay for things their communities really want. That is true in this case. There is no cap in place yet.
The rhetoric is getting white hot, and the momentum is with the Governor, who is talking tough....Democratic lawmakers should stand with the man they sought to elect.
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