State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held at town hall meeting on the 2014-2015 State Budget, and answered questions on a range of other legislative issues, on April 23, 2014, at the Cayuga County Office Building in Auburn.
New York’s hardworking families will see substantial property tax relief from the 2014-15 state budget, including a record amount of funding for the STAR program - $3.4 billion - and $1.5 billion in relief over the next three years from a new property tax freeze program.
The New York State Senate passed the 2014-15 education budget that will increase school aid by $1.1 billion, bringing total support for public schools to $22.1 billion. The 2014-15 State Budget distributes school aid fairly and equitably across the state, will help reduce pressure on local property taxpayers, provides additional support for charter schools and for early education programs, and makes important changes to address serious concerns raised about the Common Core program.
The New York State Senate passed the 2014-15 State Budget which includes major investments in New York’s higher education system. Aid includes support for the Tuition Assistance Program, public and private universities, and community colleges across the state. The budget increases base aid support for community colleges by $75 for each full-time equivalent student, which represents a total increase of $15.1 million for SUNY and CUNY community colleges.
On this week’s program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco previews ome of the budget priorities that he and the Senate Majority will tackle in the 2015 Legislative Session. These budget items include a new five-year plan for road and bridge projects, school aid, and the local property tax cap that is set to expire.
Also on the show, Senator DeFrancisco shares a reminder about his seventh annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive and where people can drop off their old cellular phones to support our deployed troops.
Your Voice is an Albany-based cable show that highlights key issues facing New York state government.
On this week’s program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an economic forecast for 2015, promotes a new public awareness campaign regarding New York’s aging infrastructure, and discusses some big issues that face debate in the new year.
On the first Your Voice cable program of 2015, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about the 2015 Legislative Session, the upcoming budget process, and his legislative priorities for the new year. He also talks about his ongoing legislative questionnaire, which seeks the input of constituents regarding various key state issues.
On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco shares his opinions on some of Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposals, including the plan on how to spend the state’s multi-billion dollar windfall.
Senator DeFrancisco also explains his frustration with the Assembly’s refusal to act on individual bills that would help to enhance the rights of women in our State, including bills that would help stop human trafficking, ensure equal pay for equal work, and combat sexual harassment in the workplace.