Ashley Onyon’s Ballston Journal report (the news has apparently appeared nowhere else, as of yet) revealed that there are problems with the 2015 town of Malta law which requires sprinklers in new commercial construction. [Read more…]
Tim Dunn, a member of the Malta Town Board and chairman of its Economic Development Committee, sent out a press release Monday evening that began: “In a major announcement, the Town acted today to eliminate the recreation mitigation fee charged for commercial development through approving an update to the Town Wide Generic Environmental Impact Statement (TWGEIS). In doing so, the Town Board removed a major impediment to commercial development in the Town that had impaired commercial investment.” [Read more…]
It’s just the law of supply and demand, which has not been repealed by the ongoing boom in southern Saratoga County. [Read more…]
Andrew McKenna started his talk last night at the Saratoga Springs Public Library by recounting his arrest in 2005 for bank robbery, and how in the moments before it happened he was contemplating suicide.
Blog Correction 4/15/16: In the published blog below, “the late Dr. Seuss” is incorrect, and it should have read “Judith Viorst.” We apologize for the error.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in the lead for, respectively, the Republican and Democratic nominations in New York’s presidential primary, which is coming up on April 19.
Donald Trump is still leading the Republican presidential polls, which does not fill me with cheer. [Read more…]
“It’s just more welfare for the rich that’s so popular among the paid-for Republicrats infesting the government like termites,” he says.
According to Cuomo’s office, the bill provides:
- Tax credits to low-income families who send their children to nonpublic schools,
- Scholarships to low- and middle-income students to attend either a public school outside of their district or a nonpublic school,
- Incentives to public schools for enhanced educational programming (like after school programs); and,
- Tax credits to public school teachers for the purchase of supplies.
I support all those provisions. And while a tax credit would enable donors to get back part of the money they give away to private or public schools, it would put more money into the education system, not less.
Our new Assemblywoman, Carrie Woerner, is another opponent of the Cuomo proposal, according to a mailing I got from New York State United Teachers, the union. Woerner’s votes on education issues have closely followed the NYSUT line, but I do not agree with Van Zwisohn’s position that people on the other side of an argument are necessarily “paid-for.” I have no reason to doubt that Woerner and Zwisohn sincerely believe they are striving to protect public education by opposing Cuomo’s plan.
The Ballston Spa School District got a lower than expected increase in state aid this year compared with other districts, and that’s something local legislators might reasonably seek to address. They might also question whether new state programs such as Universal Pre-K are taking money away from more urgent needs in the public schools. They might wonder why the money-saving mandate relief that was promised with the property tax cap never materialized (hint: ask NYSUT).
But the pundits and politicians don’t need to take the NYSUT position that any program which might help any student in a Catholic or other private school is necessarily bad for public education. Most New Yorkers, including me, don’t agree with that logic, as is shown by recent polls.
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