State lawmakers are not happy with East Ramapo’s plan to balance next year’s budget.
The plan is to take a gamble with “speculative” revenue by factoring in a future $3.5-million in state lottery aid. In order for this to materialize state lawmakers must draft a bill supporting the premature revenue, which could dramatically affect future budgets in the district.
On Wednesday, state Senator David Carlucci called the plan “fiscally irresponsible” saying he is, “greatly disappointed in the school board in the way that they adopted their budget because they included revenue that doesn’t exist.”
Last week, Carlucci met with East Ramapo Superintendent of Schools Joel Klein to create a “lottery spin-up” bill that his office is currently drafting.
Other state officials including Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee had no details on the proposal and said they will discuss it with state education officials.