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No apparent Tea Party impact on school budget vote

An effort by some anti-tax activists to get voters to reject school budgets in Tuesdays’ elections on Long Island apparently fell flat.

About 92 percent of budget passed, compared to a record high 97 percent the year before.
The Nassau County Civic Association had launched, “Operation Rollback,” urging a “no” vote unless school employees in a district took a salary freeze or the district froze property taxes.

And there were scattered reports of Tea Party activists working against the school budgets, but those efforts apparently did not bear fruit either.

One of the curiosities of the Tea Party movement is its fixation on the federal government, often ignoring fatter targets on the local level.

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