Supporters of Dream Act legislation say they were “set up”, when a hastily arranged vote on the bill in the Senate chamber late Monday led to the measure’s failure by just one vote. The focus is now shifting to Governor Cuomo. Backers say they will try to get the governor to put the measure into the state budget.
Supporters of the measure to give state aid for college tuition to children of undocumented immigrants say they are disappointed and saddened that the measure lost in the State Senate by just one vote.
The Dream Act is dead for now in New York State, after the State Senate voted down the measure that would have granted college tuition aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. The 30 to 29 vote defeating the Dream Act left leaders of rival Democratic factions pointing fingers.
Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein , who is in a ruling coalition with the Republicans , says he’s disappointed that two Democrats joined the GOP to vote no on the bill to allow tuition aid for children of undocumented immigrants.
Governor Cuomo enlisted the aid of some local government leaders to promote his tax freeze proposal , which has been losing ground in the New York State legislature.
Governor Cuomo, surrounded by several county executives from across the state, promoted his plan, which is not supported in the state legislature. Cuomo says he’s signed up 150 local government leaders as supporters.
“It is a bold proposal, I understand that,” said Cuomo. He, predicts the more people hear about it, the more they will support it.
The Senate and Assembly are set to begin conference committee meetings on Monday, now that both houses have finished with their resolutions laying out their positions.
Sticking points include funding for Charter schools. Governor Cuomo and Senate Republicans want to restore changes made by New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio to three charter schools. The mayor says the schools can no longer have rent free space in existing public school buildings. Cuomo, speaking at a business lunch, says protecting charter schools will be one of his top priorities in the budget.
Both houses of the legislature are making changes to Governor Cuomo’s tax freeze plan in their budget proposals. And now, small business groups are speaking out, saying the proposal favors some homeowners, at their expense.
The State Assembly’s budget replaces Cuomo’s plan to distribute widespread rebate checks to homeowners with an alternative to benefit New Yorkers who can least afford to pay their property taxes. The Senate is also making changes, even though Republicans in the majority say they still want to reduce property taxes.
Assembly Democrats say there should be more money for schools and the environment, and major changes to Governor Cuomo’s plan to freeze property taxes. It’s all part of a one house budget resolution, the first step in reaching agreement on a final spending plan by the end of March.
The state legislature replaced one member of the State Board of Regents, but allowed three others to remain, in elections held for the state’s top educational policy board. The vote featured complaints from Republican Senators who voted against all of the candidates to demonstrate their displeasure with the state’s implementation of the new Common Core.