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Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

March 23, 2004

Bruno: Lawmakers will not 'just throw money' at schools to comply with CFE order

New York will not merely "throw money" at schools as its seeks to comply with a court order that the state do more to ensure a sound basic education for New York City students, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno told business leaders Tuesday.

More than 400 business leaders from across the state came to Albany to discuss keeping different kinds of insurance affordable and accessible for New York State employers at The Business Council's annual Small Business Day at the Empire State Convention Center in Albany March 23.

In a keynote address at the event, Senator Bruno addressed a variety of issues, including the Senate's proposal to create a new health-insurance tax credit for some small businesses, the Governor's workers' compensation reform proposal, the challenge of enacting a state budget on time, and the Senate's job-creation proposal.

"Nothing is more important than helping small businesses be competitive and grow," he said.

As business leaders lobby lawmakers for policies to improve the state's competitiveness, he added, they must keep a wary eye on how the state will comply with the court order, and related pressure to increase school spending from the advocacy group, Campaign for Fiscal Equity, that brought the litigation in the first place.

"New costs will come from your businesses and your paychecks," he said. "We already spend the most per pupil. We're not just going to throw money out there - because we already know that money alone doesn't get it done."

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