I have long held that a strong, quality education is the key to our future success. An educated and skilled workforce will undoubtedly enhance our state's ability to attract new businesses and stimulate job growth.
We can provide a quality education and keep taxes down if we work to give schools the flexibility they need with mandate relief and provide them with the resources to keep up with the ever changing needs of today's educational demands.
This year we approved a $10,729,586 increase for Dutchess County schools in my Senate District. In addition, I was able to secure grants totaling $404,000 for local districts to address schools individual needs.
It's also estimated that our new 2% property tax cap has already helped save Dutchess County real property taxpayers over $16.7 million in potential higher costs. I will continue to support laws and programs that provide our students the resources they need to succeed, while balancing the concerns of taxpayers.
Senator Steve Saland
P.S. As a new school year begins, I thought it an appropriate time to reach out to get your thoughts on education-related issues. Please take a moment to fill out the survey so I may have your opinion on matters affecting public education. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sign the Petition Below in Support of a Powerful Crime-fighting ToolExpanding the DNA databank will empower law enforcement, provide justice to crime victims and help prevent repeat offenders from committing even more crimes. That’s why I am encouraging residents throughout our community to sign my online petition and join my fight to expand the State's DNA databank.Look at the facts:
This past year, we closed a $10 billion deficit by cutting spending. We did not rely on tax increases. In fact, we cut taxes and enacted a property tax cap! Our reform plan has already resulted in recent job growth outpacing nearly every state in the nation.
New York has clearly faced major economic challenges in recent years. That’s why – in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo – we took decisive action during this year’s Legislative Session to help revitalize our economy and create new job opportunities. Taken together, these changes and reforms represent one of the boldest job-creation plans New York State has enacted in decades. That’s good news – especially in terms of our efforts to create new jobs here right in our local community.REAL PROGRESS / FUNDAMENTAL REFORMS
The positive steps we’ve taken to create a stronger economy include the following: