Does NY’s property tax cap make sense?
The New York State United Teachers union is challenging the state’s 2 percent property tax cap in court as unconstitutional. With some exceptions, the 2011 law limits year-to-year property tax hikes to 2 percent. Voters can override the cap by a vote of 60 percent; NYSUT says any requirement beyond a simple majority rule is unfair. The union also believes that poorer school districts will be harmed disproportionately by the cap.
Critics say the teachers union only wants the ability to keep raising salaries, which is making Long Island unaffordable, especially for retirees. What do you think?
Will LIPA’s future repeat it’s past? What can we expect 15 years from now?
A new plan to fix the Long Island Power Authority can make ratepayers feel like they’ve stepped into a time machine. Is the proposal by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo deja vu all over again? Or has he finally found a fix for the problem that have bedeviled the delivery of electricity here for decades?
Newsday’s editorial board supports new tests. Do you?
Students in grades 3-8 will take new, more rigorous standardized tests this week. We think the new tests, which are based on the Common Core Curriculum, are a fair way to assess students — and will lead to higher individuals achievement and better schools. Do you agree?