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Campaign: Public Education

Provide More Adult Literacy Classes

1.1 million older youth and adults in New York City are currently out of school and lack a high school credential. 1.8 million adults lack English proficiency. Only about 4% have access to publicly-funded classes. For less than $1,000 per student, adult literacy programs help people become more prepared for the workforce; parents can better help their children in school; young adults get ready for careers and college. ...more »

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Campaign: Community Engagement

EXTEND LIBRARY HOURS

Library hours will be restored and extended so that they will be open from 10 am until 8 pm Monday through Friday, and from 10 am until 6 pm on weekends. The opening of coffee shops and other concessions in order to defray the costs will be permitted.

 

City Budget Expenditure:

FY14 - $35,000,000

FY15 - $70,000,000

FY16 - $105,000,000

FY17 - $140,000,000

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327 votes
355 up votes
28 down votes
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Campaign: Revenue Generation

RECOUP FUNDS FROM HEWLETT PACKARD

HP owes the City $163 million for overbilling as a contractor on NYC’s 911 call-center project, known as the Emergency Communications Transformation Program. This project is nearly eight years behind schedule and more than $1 billion over budget. Recouped funds would be put in escrow to pay down out-year debt service. Increased City Revenue: FY14 - $40,750,000 FY15 - $40,750,000 FY16 - $40,750,000 FY17 - $40,750,000 ...more »

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238 votes
246 up votes
8 down votes
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Campaign: Revenue Generation

ELIMINATE PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

In 1982, MSG was awarded a 25 year property-tax exemption. The value of the tax exemption in FY 2013 is estimated at $16.5 million, according to the Independent Budget Office. Since 1982, this deal has cost the city more than $350 million. This Independent Budget Office proposal is detailed in the IBO’s 2012 Budget Options for New York City Report. Increased City Revenue: FY14 - $16,500,000 FY15 - $17,300,000 FY16 ...more »

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225 votes
237 up votes
12 down votes
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Campaign: Revenue Generation

CLAWBACK TAX BENEFITS FROM FIRMS THAT DO NOT MEET BENCHMARKS

Over the past decade, the City has recouped $87 million from companies that received benefits from the Economic Development Corp. but failed to fulfill their commitments to the City. With increased vigilance and prosecution, the City should be able to recoup even more funds.

 

Increased City Revenue:

 

FY14 - $33,125,000

FY15 - $66,250,000

FY16 - $99,375,000

FY17 - $132,500,000

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172 votes
176 up votes
4 down votes
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Campaign: Revenue Generation

RENEGOTIATE MARRIOTT MARQUIS LEASE

Taxpayers stand to lose $344.9 million because the Economic Development Corp. gave the Marriott Marquis a below-market purchase price for its Times Square site, at a loss of $173.1 million, and rent forgiveness, at a loss of $171.8 million. This proposal calls for the City to renegotiate the Marriott Marquis' lease agreement. Increased City Revenue: FY14 - $42,950,000 FY15 - $42,950,000 FY16 - $42,950,000 FY17 ...more »

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166 votes
171 up votes
5 down votes
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Campaign: Public Education

Teacher's Choice

Teacher’s Choice is a landmark City program started over 25 years ago that reimburses teachers for out-of-pocket purchases for appropriate classroom materials or other professional needs. Three years ago teachers the program provided $110 for all teachers; $80 for part-time adult education teachers, social workers, school psychologists and guidance counselors; $50 for school secretaries; and $40 for lab specialists. After ...more »

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163 votes
175 up votes
12 down votes

Campaign: Smart Government

CHARGE RENT TO CHARTER SCHOOLS

Currently, there are 93 charter schools that do not pay rent and that are co-located with public schools. This Independent Budget Office proposal is detailed in the IBO’s 2012 Budget Options for New York City Report.

 

Increased City Revenue:

 

FY14 - $78,787,000

FY15 - $78,787,000

FY16 - $78,787,000

FY17 - $78,787,000

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145 votes
165 up votes
20 down votes
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Campaign: Revenue Generation

CHARGE INSURANCE COMPANIES THE GENERAL CORPORATION TAX

The City’s Insurance Corporation Tax was eliminated in 1974 and today insurance companies are the only large category of businesses that is exempt from the New York City General Corporation Tax. This Independent Budget Office proposal is detailed in the IBO’s 2012 Budget Options for New York City Report.

 

Increased City Revenue:

FY14 - $310,000,000

FY15 - $322,400,000

FY16 - $335,296,000

FY17 - $348,708,000

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145 votes
149 up votes
4 down votes
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Campaign: Going Green

INCREASE PARK MAINTENANCE

NYC Parks & Recreation is the steward of approximately 29,000 acres of land, which equals 14 percent of New York City. This proposal would double the budget for Parks maintenance and operations at the borough level and support a greener New York City.

 

City Budget Expenditure:

 

FY14 - $31,000,000

FY15 - $62,000,000

FY16 - $93,000,000

FY17 - $125,000,000

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138 votes
149 up votes
11 down votes
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