Letter to Editor

SUNY schools need more funding not cuts

First published: Thursday, November 6, 2008

For the good of New York's future, for continuing educational access for all New Yorkers, we cannot accept more state budget cuts to higher education" ("As economy slides, tuition costs rise," Oct. 30).

SUNY budget cuts and revenue restrictions already total well over $200 million. This on top of chronic underfunding for our state university. Such cuts undermine the very real economic force that is SUNY and threaten the ongoing economic viability of communities dependent upon their institutions of higher education. The real route to renewed economic development is to fully fund this driver of innovation, research and entrepreneurship. Each dollar the state invests in SUNY is multiplied six- to eight-fold.

For our children's future and the future of New York's economy, let the governor and the Legislature know that SUNY needs full funding, not more cuts.

John Schumacher

The author is a United University Professions chapter president at SUNY system administration.

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