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 Join Senator Flanagan In The Effort To Protect Our Students And Taxpayers

Dear Friend:

Today, I joined with my colleagues in the Senate Republican Conference to call for the complete elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) in the 2015-16 state budget.  The GEA, which was put in place in 2010 when the Democrats controlled all of state government, has resulted in billions of dollars in aid being taken from our school districts.

This has placed a greater strain on our local taxpayers and led to a reduction in educational resources for students.  Eliminating this devastating gimmick, which I voted against in 2010, remains my number one priority.  Our schools, our students and our taxpayers deserve more state aid and I am committed to making sure that they receive it as soon as possible.

While Governor Cuomo has proposed an overall $1.1 billion increase in education funding, his plan would not specifically provide for the elimination of the GEA.  The Senate Republican Conference budget proposal will use the majority of the $1.1 billion increase - up to $600 million –and identify sources for the additional $300-$400 million needed to eliminate the harmful GEA once and for all.

If you would like to join me in the effort to restore needed resources to our schools by ending the GEA in this budget, please click here or visit my web site at

Please feel free to contact me by responding to this message if you have any questions or comments on this or any other state issue.



John Flanagan

P.S. Please click here to view the press conference we held today on the elimination of the GEA.

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