Statement on the Budget from Raise the Age

Dear Colleagues,

There has been a lot of speculation in the last few hours about whether Raise the Age is in the budget or not.  Let us be clear, nothing is definitively out of the budget until the budget is done.

Governor Cuomo has said repeatedly that this is a top priority of his.  He put Raise the Age in his proposed budget.  He wrote an opinion piece in USA Today supporting Raise the Age.  He spoke eloquently in Central Synagogue to an audience of a thousand saying “enough is enough.  Pass Raise the Age this year.”

And now he may sign a budget without Raise the Age.

We cannot let New York pass a budget without Raise the Age this year.  Please call Governor Cuomo at (518) 474-8390 and tell him to stand up for his priorities and refuse to sign a budget without raise the age.

Sincerely,

Jennifer March, Citizens Committee for Children of New York
Paige Pierce, Families Together In New York State
Naomi Post, Children’s Defense Fund – New York

 

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