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Senate Dems want more money for schools

Mar 07, 2019 12:33 am
David Lombardo reports in the Albany Times Union that Democrats in Albany still plan on increasing education spending, despite Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's warning of a budget shortfall. “No, no, no, no,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Wednesday, when asked if the lower revenue outlook mean state education aid will have to be cut. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed increasing education aid 3.6 percent, or about $1 billion over last year. Democrats in the State Senate, though, are hoping for more money for schools. David Friedfel, director of state studies for the Citizens Budget Commission, disagrees. “We would advocate for cutting some education aid, especially for the richer districts, but the legislature hasn’t indicated any support for that yet,” he said on March 5. Read the full story in the Albany Times Union.