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SUNY Chancellor Explains Push to Raise Tuition

July 22, 2010


The state’s budget is now more than 3.5 months late and there's no new progress to report this week.

One major obstacle is the Senate and Assembly's inability to agree on Gov. David Paterson’s Higher Education Empowerment Act. The bill would allow the state and city university systems to raise their tuitions without legislative approval. Opponents claim the bill could make college unaffordable for too many students. But supporters say the long delay over the budget illustrates why public universities need more independence from Albany.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher has been a champion of the legislation all along. She spoke with WNYC’s Beth Fertig about why it’s necessary and said one reason is what she considers the state's irrational system of raising tuition.

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