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The Sun letter to the editor: Senator responds to The Sun letter-writers

In response to Michele Amoia and Bob McDonald from New York State United Teachers:

Prior to voting on the Senate budget resolution, I contacted every school district I represent, asking them to identify their most important priority.

The overwhelming response was the phasing out of the Gap Elimination Adjustment. That is exactly what the Senate has done. We provided $541 million, which is eight times more than the Assembly provided.

Additionally, the Senate plan would phase out the Gap Elimination Adjustment by 2016.

Further, my Senate colleagues and I voted against the incumbent members of the board of Regents. We increased school aid by over $812 million. We added over $145 million in funding for prekindergarten and flexible spending across Upstate New York.

In the final budget, education funding was increased by over $1.1 billion.

Unfortunately, because of politics, we had people outside protesting our legislation. They want me to raise taxes on middle-class families. That is something I will not do.

At the end of the day, I do not work for the teachers’ union. I work for the taxpayers of the 60th District.

Sen. Mark Grisanti
New York State Senate
60th District

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