Tag Archives: Mandate Relief

Wisconsin’s Message to New York – “You Can Do it!”

I started to put some headlines together for a brief news update, but notice a common theme – Wisconsin.  The results from Governor Walker’s recall vote and the message it should give Governor Cuomo and lawmakers in Albany is simple … Continue reading

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Headlines, Recaps and Statements…

This week I had the fortunate opportunity to spend some time in Washington DC with small business owners from across the country.  It truly was a tremendous event for NFIB and the voice of small business was ringing in our … Continue reading

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New York’s Small Biz Policies Earn a D!

Yesterday, the Kauffman Foundation released results from a survey that showed New York as a recipient of one of the worst ratings in the nation when it comes to small business. The full report can be found here. Below is … Continue reading

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The Property Tax Cap and the Need for Mandate Relief

With less than a week before school budget votes are taken, and reports that an overwhelming majority of New York’s school’s are complying with the cap, it is important to look at the whole picture. Prior to enacting the tax … Continue reading

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Did You Know? Competitive Bidding

When considering construction work, can the school district/municipal government open up bidding so that all companies can submit bids for work? Local governments are subject to competitive bidding laws and must advertise for sealed bids in the manner required by … Continue reading

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Did You Know? National Contracts

When a school district/municipal government purchases products and services, can it utilize national contracts or partner with another school district or town to get better pricing? New York does not allow or authorize the use of out-of-state or national cooperative … Continue reading

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Did You Know? Hiring Suspensions

Has the school district suspended hiring except those positions that are neutral to the general fund? School districts may suspend hiring based on the decisions of the school board with a few notable considerations – the terms of a collectively … Continue reading

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Did You Know? School District Pension Contributions

Are all school district/municipal employees contributing to the pension fund to keep it well funded? Employees contribute according to their pension system tier and therefore are only obligated to pay for a certain period of time and at a certain … Continue reading

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Did You Know? Pension Contributions

Can a school district/municipal government freeze contributions to the pension fund? The simple answer is no.  Currently, New York provides a defined benefit plan that is guaranteed by taxpayers.  The contribution rate promised to employees upon entering the pension system … Continue reading

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Did You Know? Healthcare Contributions

Do school district/municipal government retirees contribute to the cost of healthcare? Local government employees are entitled to benefits (health, dental, life insurance premiums, etc.) when they retire based on the contractual provisions of a collective bargaining agreement.  Since healthcare contributions … Continue reading

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