Noting the short time frame until the April 1st deadline to pass the New York state budget, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and several other legislators urged the OU Advocacy-Teach NYS delegations that came to Albany this week to “keep up the pressure” on elected officials and remind them to support the initiatives that help Jewish education with consistent and persistent lobbying until the budget is passed.
Speaking before a crowd of Jewish community, synagogue and day school lay leaders from across the state who convened for the second of OU Advocacy-PA’s gubernatorial candidate forums, Governor Tom Corbett discussed his positions on the economy, the state of Pennsylvania’s education system and the future of the state.
Continuing its series of mini-advocacy missions, OU Advocacy-NJ led a delegation from Elizabeth and Hillside to Trenton on Thursday.
Earlier this year, the OU Advocacy Center, in partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and congressional allies, secured a $13 million allocation in the FY2014 federal budget for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP)—a $3 million increase from last year’s budget. The NSGP delivers federal financial aid to nonprofits to upgrade the physical security of their facilities. Since its creation, OU Advocacy and our partners have secured more than $100 million in security grants—the majority of which has gone to Jewish community institutions.
In his testimony before the New Jersey State Assembly Budget Committee this week, Josh Pruzansky, Regional Director of OU Advocacy-NJ, expressed the organization’s support of the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015 and reiterated that all New Jersey school children should be entitled to the same essential services to further their educational growth and ensure their health—regardless of the type of school they attend.
Washington has little trouble commanding the collective attention of the organized Jewish community. But for those who care about increasing funding for Jewish education, reining in out-of-control costs at day schools and seeking to ease crushing tuition burdens, the place to watch this month is Albany.
Many of those wielding the levers of power in Albany are saying the right things on behalf of greater funding for Jewish education. But to truly support education for all, we need more than words—we need action. And Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget, now being negotiated with the State Senate and State Assembly, is a good place to start.
The Orthodox Union Advocacy Center-Teach NYS expressed its appreciation to the New York State Senate for including items in their one-house budget that are extremely beneficial to Jewish day schools throughout New York State.
The Orthodox Union Advocacy Center expressed its appreciation to the New York State Assembly for passing budget resolutions that contain significant funding for the non-public school community and are beneficial for the New York Jewish day school community.
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