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March 30, 2011

Statement from UUP President Phillip H. Smith
New state budget shortchanges SUNY

“We are thankful the 2011-2012 state budget restores some $60 million in state support to SUNY’s three teaching hospitals in Brooklyn, Stony Brook and Syracuse, but we are also disappointed that the already financially-stressed hospitals will be losing about $90 million in state support. These institutions will be hard-pressed to continue to serve uninsured and underinsured patients and provide medical education for the students who will meet the health care needs of New Yorkers in the future.

“This budget shortchanges SUNY by cutting its operating budget by $100 million. That brings the total budget cuts to SUNY’s state-operated campuses to nearly $700 million over the past two and a half years, or one-third of SUNY’s operating budget.

“Slashing SUNY so deeply means more cancelled classes, fewer course offerings and more students and families forced to pay for an extra year or more of college at a time when they can least afford it.

“We urge lawmakers to extend the millionaire’s tax to raise additional revenue, and use some of it to restore funding for SUNY.”

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 37,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.


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