Three months before a public vote on whether the state can borrow $2 billion for school technology, most observers expect little opposition to embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pet project.
"People will see it as free money for their schools," said Michael Borges, executive director of the New York State Association of School Business Officials. "Who is going to run away from money?"
Of course, the money wouldn't be free. If the measure is approved on Election Day, the state would issue bonds and pay them off. But school districts would each get a piece of the action without having to raise local property taxes.