SUNY, CUNY unions call for more college aid

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“The state is simply not paying its fair share of the costs for quality higher education,” United University Professions President Frederick Kowal said. “This is the third straight year that SUNY’s budget is flat and once again as you’ve heard from the students themselves, they’re paying a greater and greater share of what is supposed to be a public good.”

He says SUNY’s state-supported budget has been gutted in recent years, as both public systems have lost nearly $2 billion in state funding. “Now it’s time for the lawmakers and governor to step up to the plate and make sure the first time you’re hearing the word (budget) surplus in a long time, that it doesn’t go to banks (and) it doesn’t go into investment banks, but it goes into our future and our students,” NYSUT teachers union leader Andy Pallotta said.

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