Dr. Rick Timbs


A state lawmaker from Cayuga County says there’s one big omission in Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal that could help erase some of the state’s red ink:

"It should be quite apparent there's another way of raising revenue.  It's called cutting spending.   The addition of new programs he's proposed..we have to raise revenue to cover it at a time he claims we have a huge deficit."


The budgets hammered out by school boards and superintendents in Central New York’s suburban school districts are being put to the voters today after a challenging process this year.  The state budget was a little late, and lawmakers still haven’t reimbursed districts for money owed under the foundation aid formula.  Executive director of the East Syracuse-based Statewide School Finance Consortium Dr. Rick Timbs says districts have had to scramble.

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Schools hoping for more state aid could see a boost in funding from New York State compared to recent years.  Governor Cuomo told The Capitol Pressroom’s Susan Arbetter that education aid in the 2014 budget could increase four percent.  He adds that working out what’s fair for each city and school system is the job of the state legislature: