From the NYS Assembly • Sheldon Silver, Speaker
Ron Canestrari, Chair, Higher Education Committee
Assembly budget invests in higher education, restores governor’s cuts
The Assembly’s budget plan makes significant investments in New York’s higher education system while rejecting the most harmful parts of the governor’s budget.
Unlike the governor’s budget, the Assembly’s budget proposal will help ensure that all students have access to an affordable college education. The Assembly is committed to fighting for a final state budget that strengthens New York’s higher education system.
Keeping college affordable
The Assembly restores almost $320 million in state support to local colleges and universities.
Highlights of the plan include:
The Assembly is also reviewing the capital improvement needs at SUNY/CUNY colleges.
The Assembly provides more than $34 million in aid to local community colleges over two years, which the governor seriously underfunded. In fact, over the next two years, the Assembly would have New York meet its obligation under state law to provide local colleges with aid for 33 percent of their budgets.
Governor undermines higher education
While the Assembly has a proven record of delivering results and keeping the promise of a college education within the reach of New York’s students, the governor has attempted to cut aid to higher education by more than $3 billion.
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.
Assembly fights for New York’s colleges and universities
The Assembly will not allow the governor to undermine higher education. Universities and colleges are vital to creating a well-trained workforce, new jobs, bringing in federal research dollars, and most importantly, keeping our young people here in New York. The failure to properly fund higher education in our state could have disastrous effects on our future.
Students have no trouble finding world-class learning institutions in New York, but the more difficult part is often finding the money to pay for their education. The governor – and his allies in Washington – are trying to make it harder for New Yorkers to afford a college education. The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to slash federal funding for education loans and the governor proposed cutting TAP for some of New York’s most vulnerable students.
We don’t need to create more obstacles and expenses for students looking to get a college degree. In the coming weeks, the Assembly will work in a bipartisan fashion to negotiate a fair, on-time budget that provides our students with the educational opportunities they need to succeed.
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