Good morning. Here’s a glance at the opinion content published in The Journal News today, Wednesday, March 2:
Superintendents’ salary cap: Editorial
We comment on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to cap the salaries of school superintendents at $175,000 for those leading large districts and $125,000 for those leading smaller districts. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enacted a similar cap in his state. We write:
… It is anyone’s guess, however, what the Cuomo cap would do to the talent pool in the region, which in the past has attracted stellar school leaders from across the nation, and in many cases generated the results to match. The average superintendent’s salary in the Lower Hudson Valley is $241,255 — 37.9 percent higher than Cuomo’s proposed maximum. …
… Local communities would have the ability to vote to override the applicable cap, but that seems a nettlesome process sure to discourage talent leery of putting their careers on the line in a popular vote; we think that taxpayer-elected school boards, which in recent years have responded to the public’s call for fiscal restraint, are well-suited to determine what the market will bear to attract and hire quality superintendents, just as they now determine what to pay other administrators.
Property-tax cap: Commentary
Dr. Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester, offers a Community View in which she argues in favor of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to cap annual local property-tax increases at 2 percent.
Aria Hartwig, a Croton-on-Hudson resident, wonders in a Community View just how smart our smartphones are really making us.
Gov. Cuomo’s unworthy debate: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Put caps on school chiefs’ pay: Editorial, Newsday
Various school cost cuts needed: Editorial, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Skelos shouldn’t opt out of redistricting: Editorial, Daily News
‘Welfare drug tests’ unfair: Editorial, Watertown Daily Times
The urge to merge comes from below: Editorial, Times Herald-Record