Last Sunday, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport) released a statement that details his conference’s priorities for the remainder of the 2015 legislative session.

Their priorities are:

  • making the real property tax cap permanent;
  • enacting the Education Investment Tax Credit;
  • increasing the charter school cap;
  • addressing the concerns raised by parents about Common Core;
  • extending and reforming mayoral control of New York City schools;
  • requiring New York City to provides enough local funding to underperforming schools;
  • addressing campus sex assault; and
  • enacting common-sense reforms to the SAFE Act.

On Tuesday, the Senate approved a bill that would make the state’s real property tax cap permanent. The state’s real property tax cap, which was first approved in 2011, limits tax levy increases at 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower.