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State is crippling schools with gap adjustment

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Many of us saw Gov. Cuomo on television promoting his proposed budget, telling us it is balanced with no new taxes. But, unfortunately, it does increase our taxes. New York taxpayers pay other taxes — in particular school taxes. For many middle-income New Yorkers, especially seniors, the school tax is far more than their income taxes. The primary reason for higher school taxes is that the governor’s proposed budget shortchanges all of our schools. Thanks ...

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February 24, 2013
10:15 a.m.

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County-wide school districts would ameliorate the financial inefficiencies of Schenectady County's micro-districts, and it would create school choice for all students. Shifting the regressive tax based school tax burden to a more progressive system that incorporates a personal income tax would create a more equitable funding stream which would allow for the development of a just education system.