NYSUT to protest proposed education cuts in force

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The New York State United Teachers union is expecting 2,000 teachers and education advocates in Albany at noon today to protest Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $1.5 billion in cuts to state education aid in the 2011-12 fiscal year, which begins April 1.

The Senate and Assembly one-house budget resolutions would reduce the amount of the cuts, but there would still be a significant reduction in state spending on education.

NYSUT is one of the groups that is pushing for the budget to include an extension of a higher income-tax surcharge on the wealthy, arguing that it would bring in revenue that could be used to fund schools.

Currently, individuals who make more than $200,000 a year and couples who earn more than $300,000 annually are subject to the higher tax rate. The Democrat-controlled Assembly has proposed taxing people who earn more than $1 million a year only, which would bring in more than $700 million in the 2011-12 fiscal year. The GOP-led Senate and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, oppose extending a surcharge on higher earners.

NYSUT has been pushing hard for a reversal of the $1.5 billion proposed cuts through television advertising. The most recent spot is a $1.4 million advertising buy.

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