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We’re asking the governor and the legislature to revisit these draconian cuts.

Teachers launch their own statewide tour

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Education groups, including the New York State United Teachers union, taking a cue from Governor Andrew Cuomo, have launched their own statewide tour to draw attention to teacher lay offs and school program cuts that they say are a result of school aid cuts in the state budget. Karen DeWitt reports.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

NYSUT’s Steve Allinger says the school budgets approved across the state May 17th , combined with New york City’s budget cuts, will result in the lay offs of nearly 16,000 teachers, and closures of programs like pre-kindergarten and all day kindergarten. He says a better alternative is to extend the millionaire’s tax instead.

“We’re asking the governor and the legislature to revisit these draconian cuts,” said Allinger.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has introduced a bill to extend the temporary income tax surcharge on New Yorkers earning more than a million dollars a year. Organizers say they see a “window of opportunity” to try to get Governor Cuomo and Senate Republicans to go along. Both have said no so far.

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