Governor’s budget fails to invest in higher education
The Assembly is committed to strengthening New York’s higher education system.
Again this year the Assembly Majority will stand up to the governor’s budget proposal
that once again fails to ensure that our students will have the door of opportunity open
to them. Not only must we make sure that college is affordable for all New Yorkers, but
we must also work to guarantee that New York remains on the cutting edge of scientific
and technological advances.
“It includes an egregious combination of tuition hikes and TAP cuts that will
harm the poorest and most vulnerable students.” – Miriam Kramer, higher
education coordinator for the New York Public Interest Research Group
The cost of education continues to rise while state funding does not
The governor again proposes creating more obstacles to an affordable college education. He has
proposed cutting tuition assistance (TAP) for some of our most vulnerable students, and he wants
a $500 SUNY tuition hike and a $300 CUNY hike compounded with automatic increases each and
every year. The tuition for a student attending SUNY would likely increase more than $1,000 over the
next four years. A CUNY student would see tuition go up more than $750.
“SUNY’s budget request would have allowed the university to grow from a good higher education
system to a great one, in part by increasing the number of full-time faculty so SUNY could enroll
more eligible students and not turn them away. At best, the governor’s budget leaves SUNY in
neutral. At worst, it sends a message that improving the SUNY system is a low priority.”
– William E. Scheuerman, president of United University Professions
The governor’s modest increase in funding for community college doesn’t come close to the state’s
obligation under New York law. In fact, the state should be providing community colleges with at least
$50 million more in aid. The governor only proposed $18.7 million – a shortfall of more than $31 million.
The governor continues his legacy of shortchanging New York students
During his tenure the governor has increased tuition by 65 percent, allowed state support for community
college funding to drop to the lowest it’s been in 30 years, and attempted to cut TAP nine separate times.
Since the governor has been in office, he’s proposed cutting state aid to higher education by more than
$3 billion. He would rather give tax cuts to the wealthiest New Yorkers than help keep a college degree
affordable for students and working families.
“Over the last 14 years, CPI is up 43 percent and the Higher Education Price
Index is up 62 percent. Yet state aid for SUNY is up less than four percent and
CUNY, not even one percent. In a word: shameful.”
- H. Carl McCall, Public Higher Education
The Assembly will continue fighting the governor’s assault on higher education
The Assembly is committed to providing access to a quality college education and making certain that
New York remains on the forefront of technological and scientific advances. In the coming weeks, we
will work in a bipartisan fashion to negotiate a fair, on-time budget that provides our students with the
educational opportunities they deserve.
“How are the State University and City University systems going to continue to
prepare their students to successfully compete with students from around the
world if they are starved for funding year after year? The budget the governor
proposes for higher education is grossly inadequate and would only drag SUNY
and CUNY backwards.”
– Richard C. Iannuzzi, New York State United Teachers, President