In budget testimony before the State Legislature on February 8, President Bowen released startling new data that showed that despite consistently praising the education CUNY offers, Governor Cuomo has actually cut per-student funding at CUNY senior colleges by three percent since taking office – even before considering this year’s proposed $485 million cut to CUNY.
Read PSC’s State Budget Testimony.
President Bowen also pointed out that Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget includes a $240 million budget line to fund “fair and affordable agreements with CUNY labor unions.” “We are glad that the budget finally earmarks money for the raise that CUNY professors and staff need in order to allow CUNY to attract and retain the best professors. But professors cannot teach and students cannot learn without adequate resources in the classroom. New York State needs to show the 500,000 students in New York City who depend on CUNY to succeed that government cares enough to provide the funds CUNY needs,” she said.