Black and brown New Yorkers, the poor and the working class have been hit hardest by the pandemic. And these are the New Yorkers for whom CUNY is a lifeline. For the city’s working class and communities of color as they seek to rebuild their lives after the economic devastation of the pandemic, CUNY is likely to represent the best chance to earn new credentials or a college degree. New York will not rebound if whole communities are left behind. If we are committed to an inclusive or anti-racist economic recovery, new investment in CUNY is essential.
The PSC is calling for a total increase of $121.5 million over the FY 2022 Preliminary Executive Budget allocation for The City University of New York
- $77.3 million to reverse cuts in the enacted FY 2021 budget and eliminate proposed cuts through “cost efficiencies” in the Mayor’s Preliminary Budget for FY 2022;
- $23.8 million to provide revenue support to offset the loss in tuition from enrollment declines resulting from the pandemic, as requested by CUNY;
- $20.4 million to support the first year of the New Deal for CUNY.
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- 03/03/21: NYC Council Preliminary Budget Hearing