senate Bill S365

Provides for minimum levels of appropriations to the state university of New York, city university of New York and community colleges

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  • Introduced
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5000
Versions:
S365
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law

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BILL NUMBER: S365

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the education law, in relation to minimum state
appropriations to the state university of New York, city university of
New York and community colleges


SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS :
This legislation amends the education law to provide a minimum level
of state appropriations for operating expenses to SUNY, CUNY and
community colleges. The minimum level of support or maintenance of
effort required by this legislation ensures that State appropriations
to SUNY and CUNY for operating expenses in any state fiscal year shall
not be less than the preceding state fiscal year.

Moreover, this bill eliminates the one-third formula for State
assistance for community colleges and stipulates that all community
colleges are to be full opportunity colleges and defines such term in
education law.

JUSTIFICATION :
In the 1970's, New York State made an historic, prescient investment
in its people by developing and expanding the public higher education
system. SUNY, CUNY and the community colleges are a valuable resource
for New Yorkers and form a network of public colleges, across the
State, that afford access to any resident ready to take advantage of
the opportunities they afford to earn a degree that, for most, changes
their lives.

As it led the country in investment in higher education, New York
State reaped great economic and social benefits and a return in tax
dollars from its graduates. Unfortunately, State support has steadily
eroded and New York now ranks 47th in support for higher education.
Over the last few decades, the State has fallen far behind in its
primary obligation to support the public institutions that educate its
residents.

New York's future - its economic recovery and its prospects for
sustained, healthy growth -largely depends on the financial support
that it provides its public institutions of higher education.
Throughout the State, public colleges now face almost insurmountable
burdens unless there is a renewed commitment to restore and enhance
revenue.

This legislation represents a good first step to begin to ameliorate
the fiscal problems of SUNY and CUNY as it ensures that these
institutions will be held harmless from cuts in operating aid from one
year to the next. In addition, it requires that community colleges
shall be maintained as open access campuses to all students with a
high school diploma or equivalent. The enactment of this legislation
will help NY8 meet its obligation to provide accessible, affordable,
quality higher education.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
01/04/06 Referred to Higher Education
2007 S.2165 Referred to Higher Education
2008 S.2165 Referred to Higher Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
Unknown.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
The first of January next succeeding the date it becomes law.
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