The PEF Legislative Department, SWPAC and leadership have been actively engaged with our 2017 budget priorities.
In addition to carefully analyzing the budget, preparing budget documents and providing Senate and Assembly leaders with pertinent PEF budget priorities, we have arranged multiple budget testimonies so that numerous agencies and job titles were represented this year. Besides the written testimony provided to the Workforce Development Budget Committee, we have had experts provide testimony at the following hearings; Tony Perez and Penny Howansky at the Public Protection Budget Hearings, Paul Gendron and Karen Patterson will be providing testimony at the February 15th Transportation Budget Hearing, Ed Snow and Virginia Davey have provided testimony for the Mental Hygiene Budget Hearing.
Legislator’s that I have spoken to have already mentioned that they appreciate the continuous flow of information from PEF members and our legislative department. Please take a moment to read, forward and seek out members that will return a completed letter or make a local legislative visit for our budget member engagement. Currently, SWPAC Chairs and PEF PALS are securing meetings across the state between their members and local state legislators.
We have until April 1, 2017 and I would ask that you encourage your members to take the time to visit, email or call their local legislators with the information attached. Making this a team effort will assist in stopping the damaging aspects of the 2017 budget proposals described below.
If additional information or assistance is needed, please feel free to contact our legislative department GAmorosi@pef.org
The Legislative Office and PEF Statewide PAC have assembled the following PEF budget priorities for the 2017-18 Executive Budget. Please keep in mind; these are budget priorities, not legislative priorities. (Note: For the most part, budget priorities are January thru March and legislative priorities occur from April thru June.)
This list represents issues that have been identified for action by the PEF legislative office and SWPAC.
Priority opposition issues are:
- The continued erosion of the Civil Service system and the privatization of positions currently/formerly held by PEF members. A.2005/A.3005 Part Q & S.2008/A,3008 Part P/ Send letter
- Down sizing of OPWDD and OMH (Including the slated closure of Bernard Fineson, the merger of the Children’s Psychiatric Center [WNYCPC], plans to consolidate the Institute for Basic Research, and the Hutchings Children and Youth Services center. S.2007/A.3007 Part O / Send letter
- Eliminating reimbursement of the Supplemental Medicare Part B premiums for state retirees and the freezing of reimbursement for new state retirees. S.2005/ A.3005 Part S / Send letter
- The differential health care premium contributions, based on years of service, for state employees who retire after September 30, 2017. A.3005/S.2005 Part T / Send letter
- The proposal to create a new Division of Central Administrative Hearings which will reorganize and consolidate administrative hearing functions within all Executive agencies. This will impact all of our Administrative Law Judges and the New Yorkers they serve.A.3006/ S.2006 Part U / Send letter
- A proposal that allows DOCCS Commissioner to circumvent the Parole Board and lead to the reduction of NYS Parole Officers. S.2005/A.3005 Part E / Send letter