Last week, Unshackle Upstate joined with other advocates as part of the ‘Let NY Work’ Coalition, calling on lawmakers to approve a six-bill mandate relief package to ease the financial burden facing many school districts in the state.

A tax freeze is, unfortunately, nothing more than a Band-Aid on a bullet wound.  Our property taxes are still going to go up.

The six items in the Coalition’s mandate relief package include:

  • freezing ‘step increases’ when contracts expire;
  • controlling construction costs;
  • providing portable pension benefits;
  • redefining Compulsory Arbitration;
  • capping health insurance costs; and
  • prohibiting new unfunded mandates.

This is a common sense list, which we think the Legislature and Governor should approve.