Dear Commons Community,
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS legislature reached agreement on a budget last night but details are sketchy. As expected and according to a New York Times article, the budget will not require the City of New York to pick up $485 million in funding for the City University of New York nor will there be a tuition increase. Professional Staff Congress President Barbara Bowen in a letter to the her membership stated: “The budget fails to include any back-pay for CUNY employees and appears to include inadequate funds to replace revenue that would otherwise have come from increased tuition.”
A number of other hard-fought items such as minimum wage and school district funding will be featured as part of the new budget.