If the state legislators who are holding the budget hostage to increase our tuition had showed as much backbone when cuts to state funding for SUNY were on the table, perhaps the university's bond rating wouldn't be in jeopardy ("State schools face credit crunch of their own," July 15).
As a UAlbany faculty member, I can tell you that the annual tuition hikes proposed in the Empowerment and Innovation Act are not the answer. The act may let SUNY keep 100 percent of its tuition, but it does nothing to ensure that the state won't simply cut state funding to offset the new tuition revenues. Instead of relying "much less on erratic state funding," as the Moody's spokesperson puts it, SUNY and its supporters should push to make state funding much less erratic.
Candace A. Merbler