Bill Would Direct How Tuition Revenue Is Spent; Students, Profs, Advocates, Legislators Say State Has Not Kept Promise

By Nick Muscavage, Legislative Gazette

August 6, 2015

A bipartisan bill that would increase the state funding in public universities and take pressure off of the need to raise student tuition passed both houses nearly unanimously this session. The bill (S.281-a/A.5370-a) passed the Senate with a vote of 62-1 and the Assembly by 146-1 and is now waiting on Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision on whether to sign it into law. The bill — referred to by advocates as the "maintenance of effort" bill — if passed, would guarantee that the state university health science centers, utility costs such as heat and electric and other costs be covered by the state instead of student tuition. On July 21, college students, professors, advocates and legislators met in the capital to urge Cuomo to sign the bill. They say the state has not kept its promise it made under the NYSUNY 2020 legislation to provide a consistent level of state general funds and maintain a rational tuition policy.

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