It is time that New York City begins funding its people—not corrupt, wasteful institutions.

 

The goal of Curtis Sliwa’s ACE-UBI Plan is to support the integrity and stability of the family unit, while improving educational prospects for our children. The ACE-UBI Plan will provide eligible working families with an annual income payment of $2,000, which may be utilized for childcare, tutors, and other education services for their children. This annual income payment will help working families meet the demands of childcare and ensure that their children receive the best possible educational services. The program will be supported by funding re-allocations from ThriveNYC and the New York City Department of Education. Both of these existing programs maintain funding in excess of $37 billion annually. By re-allocating just 0.54% of this existing budget to ACE-UBI, we can deliver relief to 100,000 working NYC families without raising a single dollar in new tax revenue.

It is time for New York City to keep money in the hands of the people, rather than squandering it on high-salaried Department of Education (DOE) bureaucrats[1] and wasteful $1 billion mayoral pet-projects (ThriveNYC).[2] In the 2021-22 schoolyear, the Department of Education will receive over $36 billion in funding.[3] However, an overwhelming portion of this budget will be spent on administrative bureaucracy, agencies, pensions, consultants, and other non-academic services.[4] The DOE employs over 1,189 bureaucrats that earn $125,000 to $262,000 annually.[5] At the same time, NYC has wasted $1 billion on ThriveNYC, which has produced no results for NYC families or mental health well-being. We must refocus education on student learning and refocus social health and development on promoting stable family units. To refocus and achieve these goals, we must return financial power to the people—and away from wasteful bureaucrats. My ACE-UBI Plan will achieve these goals.

To be eligible for the ACE-UBI payment of $2,000 annually, families must be comprised of:

    1. Households with one or more children in New York City schools (including public, vocational, private, religious, parochial, and charter schools),
    2. with verified proof that the household parent(s) is/are actively holding employment and/or actively seeking employment, and
    3. with a total household income reflecting extreme poverty.[6]

[1] The NYC DOE has a long history of overpaying its administrative bureaucrats and investing in failed student programs. Despite this large number of high-earning bureaucrats, the DOE still expends millions of dollars annually on high-dollar “outside consultants.” For example, the DOE expended $1.2 million on a short, two-month contract with Accenture LLP to advise on the reopening options for schools.
https://nypost.com/2020/05/16/carranzas-claim-he-cant-cut-34b-budget-a-lie-advocates/

[2] https://nypost.com/2021/05/01/curtis-sliwa-promises-thrive-investigation-if-elected/

[3] https://www.silive.com/education/2021/04/nycs-proposed-budget-here-are-6-things-in-store-for-public-schools.html

[4] https://nypost.com/2020/05/16/carranzas-claim-he-cant-cut-34b-budget-a-lie-advocates/; https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/omb/downloads/pdf/mm4-21.pdf

[5] https://nypost.com/2020/05/16/carranzas-claim-he-cant-cut-34b-budget-a-lie-advocates/

[6] Extreme poverty will be calculated based on federal poverty line data, available at https://aspe.hhs.gov/2021-poverty-guidelines#threshholds. NYC already employs federal poverty line data to allocate funding for other education and social programs:. For example, “Fair Fares provides half-fare transit benefits to New York City residents at or below 100% of the federal poverty level who are not eligible for other transit subsidies or benefits.” https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/omb/downloads/pdf/mm4-21.pdf (page 10).

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