CBC Letter to the State Legislature on the Tax Relief and Reform Proposals for FY2015

Mar 05, 2014

CBC writes a letter to the State legislature expressing support for the Executive Budget reforms to New York’s business, estate, and utility taxes. However, CBC recommends that action on the property tax relief proposals be deferred until their design is improved and until the surplus necessary to sustain them is actually achieved.

Letter to the Governor Urges Approval of Preschool Special Education Oversight Bill

Dec 10, 2013

CBC urges the approval of A7302-A/S5568-A, a bill that will improve the oversight of preschool special education program providers.

It would reduce fraud, abuse and mismanagement by requiring that every provider be audited at least once by the State Comptroller by March 31, 2018 and that Executive Directors of providers be fully engaged and qualified for their positions.

Letter to the New York State Tax Relief Commission Offering Observations and Recommendations

Nov 26, 2013

In a letter to members of the New York State Tax Relief Commission, the CBC submits observations and recommendations in advance of the Commission report in December.

Letter to the Port Authority Calling for an Improved Budget Process and More Transparency

Jul 16, 2013

The CBC urged the Port Authority to improve its budget process and make it more transparent. The letter offered six recommendations to resolve these problems, such as long-term planning, regular reporting, and detailed budgeting

Letter to Governor Cuomo Regarding bill A7302-A/S5568-A on Preschool Special Education Program Providers

Jul 02, 2013

In a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo the CBC urged to approve A7302-A/S5568-A passed in the latest legislative session. The bill’s provisions will improve the oversight of preschool special education program providers.

Letter to the Legislature on CBC's Recommendations for the FY2013-14 NYS Budget

Mar 07, 2013

In a letter to the state legislature the CBC made recommendations for the fiscal year 2013-14 New York State budget. There are two general points that are made:

  • Overall, there is much to like in the prosed budget; it continues progress in reducing the long-standing structural deficit by restraining expenditure growth and avoiding additional tax burdens.
  • “Fine tuning” the proposed budget by rejecting or revising some misguided initiatives would enhance its effectiveness in using New Yorkers’ tax dollars wisely.

Letters to the State Comptroller and NYSTRS on the Governor's "Fixed Rate" Pension Contribution Plan

Feb 25, 2013

I am writing to share the views of the Citizens Budget Commission on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to allow local governments to opt into a “fixed rate” contribution plan to fund their public employee pension obligations. We believe this proposal would endanger the future financial viability of the pension plans and recommend you reject it.

Letter to the Comptroller
Letter to NYSTRS

Letter Urging Veto of A.10722A/S.7722A

Jul 27, 2012

The letter urges Governor Cuomo to veto A.10722A/S.7722A, a bill that would allow for consideration of a child’s “home environment and family background” in special education placement determinations. This provision has the potential to create significant costs for school districts that are already under severe fiscal pressure.

CBC Letter to the Governor Urging Him to Veto a School District Borrowing Bill

Jul 11, 2011

CBC sent a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to veto A6309/S4067, the bill that would allow school districts to borrow an amount equal to 125% of their required 2011 pension contributions and to repay them over 15 years.

Letter to the State Legislators Commending Their Vote Against School District Borrowing

Jun 29, 2011

CBC sent a letter of commendation to the State Legislators who voted against school district borrowing for pension contributions (A6309/S4067). See the list of legislators after the jump.

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