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Money for nothing: SUNY and CUNY need to be set free from Albany meddling

August 03, 2010

Daily News Editorial

Reforms crucial to the future of the State and City Universities of New York have been sucked into the meat grinder of budget negotiations in Albany.

Reports from the sausage factory indicate the Legislature is set to okay tuition hikes for SUNY and CUNY students - while denying the universities powers of self-governing that are critical to fully successful institutions.

Here's the Legislature's idea of reform, as seems included in the package: We promise not to steal the new tuition monies as a way to close the state's budget gap. Aren't they nice?

That's Albany for you. The pols are all too ready to jack up prices but completely allergic to reforms that would make government work better.

SUNY and CUNY need the authority to adjust tuition on their own, without having to run the political gantlet at the Capitol.

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