Lifton Secures Funding for Higher Education, SUNY Capital Projects in Bipartisan Budget
Budget includes $1.2 million for the Cornell Theory Center’s supercomputer
March 29, 2006
Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-Tompkins/Cortland) announced today that she fought to secure needed funding for higher education initiatives, while investing in SUNY capital projects and the Cornell Theory Center’s supercomputer. “The bipartisan agreement that we reached makes a solid investment in higher education,” Lifton said. “With this agreement, not only will students have access to an affordable college education, we’ll also make vital improvements to the classrooms and laboratories that enhance their learning.” The Legislature’s higher education agreement provides for an affordable college education by:
- Rejecting the governor’s proposed $500 SUNY tuition increase;
- Restoring $83 million of the governor’s cuts to TAP and expanding TAP to include part-time students;
- Increasing operating aid by $44 million over the governor’s proposal – allowing SUNY colleges and universities to hire more full-time faculty;
- Increasing funding by 10 percent for higher education programs like the Education Opportunity Program, SEEK, College Discovery, and the Liberty Partnership Program; and
- Increasing community college base aid by $75 per full-time equivalent student over the governor’s proposal – for a total of $2,525 per student for Tompkins Cortland Community College.
- $20 million for SUNY Cortland’s Phase I project to upgrade the Science/Technology building;
- $2 million for Cornell University’s Industrial Labor Relations faculty wing restoration; and
- $2.4 million for Tompkins Cortland Community College’s athletic facility renovation/master plan initiative.