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Andrew Cuomo Cuts Deal With State GOPers To Block DeBlasio Reforms

Andrew Cuomo is a nominee for the Weasel Hall of Fame for this little deal.

Susie Madrak - Raw Story

Andrew Cuomo Cuts Deal With State GOPers To Block DeBlasio ReformsAndrew Cuomo may be short, but that just means he's even more suited to giving blowjobs to monied interests. He is and will always be a whore who would suck the chrome off a bumper to get ahead:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has struck a budget deal with Republican legislators that includes unprecedented new giveaways to charter schools, particularly in New York City, where Mayor Bill de Blasio had threatened to modestly rein them in.

Diane Ravitch sums it up:

The private corporations that manage charter schools in New York City will never have to pay for using public space.

The de Blasio administration must offer space to all charters approved in the dying days of the Bloomberg administration. De Blasio had previously approved 14 of 17; now he must approve all 17. Whatever Eva Moskowitz wants, Eva gets.

The charters located inside public school buildings may expand as much as they wish, and the mayor can’t stop them. If this means pushing out children with severe disabilities, so be it. If it means taking control of the entire building and pushing all of the students out of their public school, so be it.

If a charter chooses to rent private space, the New York City public schools must pay their rent. Where will the money come from? Well, the public schools can always increase class size, or they can lay off social workers and counselors and psychologists. Or they could cut back on the arts. That’s their problem.

So the privately run schools that serve six percent of the students in the city get to make decisions over the city's elected mayor and the best interests of the other 94 percent of students. These are chains that pay their executives more than the city's education chancellor. Chains that achieve their testing success (when they achieve it) by pushing out special needs kids, back into the public schools that the charters are taking space from; those public schools are also educating the homeless kids and English Language Learnersthat charters disproportionately do not educate.

This is the system that Cuomo is working not just to protect but to expand, giving private companies rights over public property, giving schools that exclude the kids they don't want to educate rights over the schools that educate all kids. It's appalling.

In case you don't know, the main reason hedge funders love charter schools is that they're eligible for a 300% tax credit over ten years for investing in them. That's more money than they could make investing in just about anything else, and it's perfectly safe, a guaranteed return.

So if you want to see if hedge dund douches really woke up one morning and started to worry about the state of the schools in the inner cities, well, let's try a little test. Kill the tax credit and see what happens!


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Progress FloridaWho do you want making decisions about land and water use where you live – your local community, or the politicians in Tallahassee?

Rep. Jimmy Patronis (R-Panama City) has introduced a destructive bill that will prevent local governments from being able to protect their own water supply. HB 703 not only prohibits local governments from enforcing wetlands, springs or storm water protections – it takes the decision-making powers out of their hands and gives it to Tallahassee politicians.

Click here to send a letter to your legislator urging them to stop this terrible bill.

Local counties and cities are in the best position to understand the water needs of their own unique communities, not politicians in the Capitol. At the urging of big developers and other corporate special interests, HB 703 will eliminate long-standing protections of Florida’s water resources. It’s now on the fast track to the House floor.

When Gov. Rick Scott abolished the Department of Community Affairs, which oversaw Florida’s growth development plans, he argued that growth management and land use decisions should be left to local communities. Now those rights are being taken away. HB 703 also grants dangerously long (up to 30 years!) consumptive use permits that could threaten Florida's ability to manage water in the future.

As Florida's population increases, our vital water resources need greater protection and oversight – not less. It’s no surprise that this bill is enthusiastically supported by polluters and corporate interests.

Help keep our vital water resources out of the hands of politicians, big developers, and polluting special interests. Stand up for the rights of your local community. Click here to urge your representative to oppose this bad bill that will harm our rivers, lakes and wetlands.

For our land and water,

Mark and the Progress Florida Team


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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has been accused of campaign finance violations by the Florida Democratic Party. The complaint was filed on Monday by the Florida state Democratic Party chair, Allison Tant.

According to the complaint, Scott’s reelection campaign illegally transferred $27.4 million from Let’s Get to Work, Scott’s electioneering communication organization, to an identically-named political committee. If Scott is found guilty of these accusations, he will be forced to pay as much as $82 million.

Earlier this month, Let’s Get to Work’s chairman, John French, announced the group’s dismantling “as an electioneering communication organization” the same day that Let’s Get to Work, the political committee, was established and given the $27.4 million.

The Florida Democratic Party argues that Scott broke the law because Florida state law dictates that political committees are allowed to give money to political parties. However, electioneering communication organizations, like Let’s Get to Work, are not allowed. Similarly, electioneering communication organizations are prohibited by law from giving money to political committees. 

Scott conceived Let’s Get to Work in 2010 during his first gubernatorial run. He established the group in order to help his campaign stand a chance against his Republican opponent who had the endorsements of ranking GOP members.More...


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