Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced today that he is sponsoring legislation to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).  Assembly Bill 8720 of 2014 seeks to end the education cuts that took place in 2009 and 2010.  Hawley, along with many members of the Assembly Minority Conference, has been outspoken about restoring the GEA for several years.

            “School districts in New York State deserve to have these cuts restored,” Hawley said.  “The legislature has had the financial means to restore this education aid for years now, and the apparent surplus this year should go directly to fund our schools.  It is unfortunate to see good teachers being laid off and students being placed at a disadvantage because Albany couldn’t balance its budget.  These cuts were never intended to be permanent, but the legislature is hesitant to repay them each budget cycle.”

            Hawley’s comments come after members of the legislature made clear their plan to re-introduce Assembly Bill 8720 for the current legislative term.  The new bill number is not known yet.     

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