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TURF ie the Bragging Rights
worth the risk to HS

 Athletes & their families
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The Power of One Foundation This site address a growing psychological and social bullying

problem affecting young people in

junior high, high school



LIFER on Curriculum

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 on Union Contracts
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10 questions that will
help spot school corruption 
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Click for MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG's “The fact is our education system looks a lot like the US auto industry in the 1970s- stuck in a flabby inefficient,

Click for  BLOOMBERG's  Union OK merit pay for teachers

Holding School Districts Accountable 

by Josephicki, & 

Tom Spota

Suffolk Grand Jury Report critical of School Districts 

Suffolk Grand Jury recommendations 


THOMAS JEFFERSON "I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers. To preserve our independence, we must not let ourulers load us with perpetual debt. If we can prevent the Government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of caring for them, we will be happy.

Support Taxpayer and Mandate Relief Bill A8603
Taxpayers should not pay more or children get less because of law that hinder negotiation
More than 1.6 million people have left New York State between 2000 and 2010, taking with them $97 billion in adjusted gross income.  They left because we are the highest taxed State in the union. The three drivers of perpetual tax increases are Mandatory Arbitration, Triborough Amendment, and Pensions. Michael Fitzpatrick’s Bill A8602 is the  solution.
On Thursday May 8, 2014 at 7PM
At the
Melville Marriot, 1350 Old Walt Whitman Road Melville, NY 11747

LIFER is holding a Press Conference and State wide Legislative Launch of
Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick’s Taxpayer and Mandate Relief Bill A8603
A panel of leaders comprised from the Empire Center, NYS School Boards Association, Center for Cost Effective Government, Local Government leaders, Taxpayer advocates and Business Groups will express their views, listen to yours and ask for your support this legislation. for bill .
PASS THE EDUCATIONAL INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT BILL
Tell the Governor, Speaker & Majority leader to Pass the Bill It  has the potential to generate $300 million in voluntary contributions to support K-12 education and lower school taxes
You can call the Governor at 518-474-8390 or email him at  Governorcontactform.php
You can contact Senator Skelos at 516-766-8383 or email him at skelos@nysenate.gov
You can contact Speaker Silver at 212-312-1420 or email him at speaker@assembly.state.ny.us
 
TRIBOROUGH MUST GO 
New York’s Triborough Amendment, mandates that public employees  are entitled to automatic  salary increases and fringe benefits, regardless of changing fiscal conditions or changing local  priorities and regardless of an expired contract.  Triborough  creates a disincentive for teachers  to accept terms and conditions less costly than those allowed in their previous contract and that drastically limits  the employer (ttaxpayers), ability to negotiate changes in a depressed economy.  Recently, the impact of the Triborough Amendment was felt  when Governor Cuomo attempted  to negotiate a less costly contract with a union. He failed.  In union,Answer was  We have  the Triborough Amendment- why do this to ourselves?
WE NEED PENSION  REFORM NOW
 Best Practices For Public Pension Transparency
 Governor lays down the law with pension padders 
 The Utah Pension Model
 Public pensions will clobber LI 
  Wage freeze for public sector        

Jumbo pensions' spark state funding debate

Annual LI retired Teacher & Administrator TRS pensions

Annual LI Retired NYS employee pensions

UNDERSTANDING THE TAC CAP  
If a school district submits a budget that is within the cap, a simple majority vote can pass it. If it fails, the school district may have a second vote, but if the second vote fails, or the district chooses not to resubmit the budget, the tax levy will be frozen at the previous year’s level.   Likewise, if a school district submits a budget that exceeds the cap, a super majority vote of 60% is needed for passage. If it fails, the district may have a second vote. If the budget fails twice, or the district chooses not to resubmit, the tax levy will be frozen at the previous year’s level.
Municipal spending, member Items, Salaries

Benjamin Franklin The new republic could survive only if the people were virtuous in the sense of attention to civic duty and rejected corruption. 

NY Public Payroll Clips (state-local  union contracts -salaries + much more)
Cuomo’s Project Sunlight (state-local member items + much more)
NYS Open Book (county, school, town and special district actual spending)
 
NYS Public Pension Calculator)   
Kerby's Korner (research, news clips & wow ) 
Kerby’s korner NYS Education Statistics simplified 
Anita's Clips interesting School news articles
Laura Pandelakis Understanding the Property Tax crisis
Tax Savvy’s truth about US educational  results
 The clock is running out for Long Island
 Ten Legislative Ideas To Reduce School Taxes   

Union Dominated State Government will cost you your home ...Long Island homes are about to pierce the Mortgage Home Value to Taxation ratio. When this happens you will not be able to sell your house.  You can not expect Help from you School Superintendents and School Boards. They care  more about their intuitions then their communities. Nor can you count on The NAYS Senate Majority. They are reducing the state 
debt by passing it on to you.

Vote Your Interest the Other Side Always Does
School Budget Vote 2013

Click for all 2013-14 Long Island Budgets, comparisons and finical data 
Nassau School Districts
2013-14 Total School Budgets
$5,218,013,839 ... increase 3.04%
2013-14 Total Taxes $3,924,993,191 Increase 1.89% 
2013-14 Estimated Enrollment  194,595... Decrease 0.76%
Suffolk School Districts
2013-14 Total School Budgets $
6,012,130,945 ...increase 3.25%
2013-14 Total Taxes $
3,791,155,466  % Increase 2.25%  
2013-14 Estimated Enrollment  247,107... Decrease 0.91%
Long Island School Districts
2013-14 Total School Budgets
$11,230,144,784...increase 3.16%
2013-14  Total Taxes $
7,716,148,657... % Increase 2.07%  
2013-14 Estimated Enrollment  441,702... Decrease  0.84%

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  The problem with teacher unions

 NAYS Schools Over Tax Homeowners 

Long Island per-pupil spending averaged $21,378 in 2007, and $25,029 in 2008
New York led the nation in K-12  spending in 2006-07 ($15,981 per pupil)
The State’s per pupil spending was 65% above the national average($9,666) 
The Property Tax share was 48.4 % the national average share was 44%
New York per pupil salaries was $11,042, 88% above the National average
The State’s per-pupil spending salaries exceeded the spending of 37 states

  Why people are leaving Long Island
Click for LIFER on how to save Long Island

The source of repressive Long Island taxation lies in the restrictive legislation passed in Albany at the behest of special interest groups to the detriment of the taxpayer. Shifting the  source of revenue from property taxes to income taxes does nothing to stop the spending. According To The Rauch Foundation click for  survey. 56% of Long Islanders said it was  somewhat or very likely they could leave Long Island in the next five years. 85% state  property tax increases are a serious problem and 67% believe Teacher-Administrator  Salary and Benefits are the reasons behind school tax increases.

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity  
The Campaign for Fiscal Equity  is it a judicial give-a-way to  the property barons of NYC so they can maximize rental profits and property values? Or is it  the end of  SchoolProperty Tax?  The ruling says the state (not the local taxpayer) is constitutionally responsible or providing a K-12 education.  Click for the lawsuit,   Zarb report and  opinions