Cara Matthews. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. 4/19/2006.
A group that won a landmark court ruling for more school aid to New York City filed an appeal Tuesday, asking the court to compel the Legislature and Gov. George Pataki to spend a specific amount and develop a timetable for doing so.
Gov. George E. Pataki and his budget director said in interviews on Thursday that they had reservations about the two central initiatives of the Legislature's budget, calling a nearly $1.8 billion property tax cut package unconstitutional and saying a bonding deal for New York City schools would set a bad precedent in the use of state debt.
The Campaign for Fiscal Equity scored an important victory last week when a state appellate court directed Gov. George Pataki and the state Legislature to provide New York City schools with billions of dollars more in this yearís budget.
The Assemblyís 2006-07 budget plan that significantly increases support for public education, restores Governor George Pataki's cuts to health care and higher education and provides tax relief for New York's working families, has been unveiled.
The Republican-controlled State Senate began printing bills last night that call for more education spending than Gov. George E. Pataki proposed in his budget plan, but far less than New York City officials say they are owed by a court order, officials said.
David M. Herszenhorn and Jim Rutenberg. New York Times. 2/14/2006.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg scrapped 21 buildings from New York City's school construction plan yesterday and blamed state lawmakers and Gov. George E. Pataki for not providing the money needed to build them, ratcheting up his pressure on Albany in a long-running battle over school financing.
New York State School Boards Association. 02/2006.
Despite his rhetoric on relieving the burden on property taxpayers, Gov. George E. Patakiís proposed budget measures pressure local communities into raising taxes and increasing spending, NYSSBA Executive Director
Timothy G. Kremer charged during testimony before the Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Elementary and Secondary Education.