Governor Cuomo has released his Executive Budget proposal for 2016-17. In it, he acknowledges a need to fund retroactive pay for PSC members, but the acknowledgement is packaged with a proposal to shift responsibility for funding 30% of CUNY senior colleges from the state to New York City. Since the 1970s the state has provided virtually all of the public funding for CUNY’s senior colleges. The Daily News’ coverage of the budget explains the governor’s proposals and their editorial board weighs in as well. President Bowen is quoted by PoliticoNY (posted behind a paywall) and DNAinfo. The Albany Times Union editorial on higher education in the budget is called “Bait, Switch, Repeat.”
“Cuomo to Continue Shrinking State’s Share of CUNY’s Costs” ran in the New York Times.
Statement from President Barbara Bowen
January 13, 2016
“We welcome and hope to build on the Governor’s acknowledgement of the need to provide funding for retroactive raises for CUNY’s 25,000 faculty and staff—who have not had a raise in six years—but are alarmed at what appears to be a massive funding cut.
“A preliminary reading of the proposed Executive Budget shows a proposal for a $485 million reduction in state funding for the City University of New York. If the budget is indeed proposing a massive cut of one-third of CUNY’s senior college funding, it would amount to one of the biggest cuts to public higher education in recent memory.
“In his speech today, the governor called education a ‘ladder to climb out of poverty,’ but a $485 million budget cut would destroy that ladder for CUNY students.
“We look forward to working constructively with the governor and the Legislature in the coming weeks to restore full funding for CUNY and enable the resolution of our contract.