Hannon calls for ending GAP Elimination Adjustment
SENATOR KEMP HANNON CALLS
FOR ENDING GAP ELIMINATION ADJUSTMENT
the GEA would return $1 Billion to Local Schools this year
“I’m calling upon the Governor and Legislature to permanently end the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), which was put into place over my strenuous objections when democrats controlled the Senate in 2009-10,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “I’ve been fighting to restore the damage caused to our local schools over the past several years, and I now join my colleagues in fully eliminating the $1 billion in anticipated GEA cuts from the budget.”
The GEA, which was enacted in 2010, and opposed by every Republican Senator, has had a devastating impact on public school funding. Since that time, full restoration of funding cuts imposed by the GEA has been a top priority of Senator Hannon. In recent years Hannon and the Senate have been successful at restoring more than $1.6 billion in funding slashed by the GEA, and this year Hannon is calling upon the Governor and Legislature to abolish the GEA entirely.
“Nearly every school district has been negatively impacted by the GEA enactment, and so have the property taxpayers,” said Hannon. “It’s cost the schools billions in State aid, at a time when our schools and teachers are struggling to give out kids the first class education they deserve.”
Since its enactment, Hannon and his colleagues have been leading the change to abolish the GEA and mitigate its impact on education. GEA cuts have been reduced 62% -- from a high of $2.6 billion in the 2011-12 budget down to $1 billion in the 2014-15 budget.
“The Governor has already proposed an increase in school aid this year,” said Hannon. “We’ll again fight to ensure an even larger increase, and to eliminate the last remaining part of the GEA.”