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For Immediate Release
April 4, 2018

Statement from UUP President Frederick E. Kowal on the enacted 2018-19 state budget

"I am encouraged by the enacted 2018-19 state budget, which delivers the necessary ability to expend funds to SUNY’s three state-owned-and-operated public hospitals and provides additional funding to campuses to deal with enrollment increases from the state’s Excelsior Scholarship program.

"With the state facing a $4.5 billion budget deficit, UUP recognized early in the budgeting process that this would be a challenging year. We thank the governor and the Legislature for their efforts regarding public higher education, especially SUNY.

"The budget provides spending authority for the state to expend $92 million for SUNY’s public hospitals in Brooklyn, Stony Brook and Syracuse. These funds, from a variety of sources, will provide critical operating support for these crucial centers of healing.

"The governor has kept his commitment to the state university by budgeting $20 million to reimburse SUNY for costs associated with the Excelsior Scholarship. Also, funding for SUNY’s highly successful opportunity programs has been restored, which will allow these important initiatives to continue and grow."

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 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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