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Let SUNY Schools Raise Tuition

March 14, 2011

Democrat & Chronicle

Op-Ed by SUNY Brockport President John Halstead

With only a few weeks until the April 1 deadline to pass a state budget, there are almost as many opinions on what should be done as there are people in this great state.

I applaud Gov. Andrew Cuomo for taking a hard stance on the state's budget deficit and making tough decisions. SUNY is willing to do its part and we have, as evidenced by the $1.5 billion in cuts the system has seen to its operating budget since 2007-08.

At The College at Brockport, we have seen approximately $9.5 million in state reductions during the past three years. We are facing a structural deficit of $4.5 million-$5 million and are taking immediate steps to enact short- and long-term solutions.

We have passed the tipping point where our future will include reduced services to students, larger classes, fewer course offerings, and potentially longer time to graduation, a development no one wants to see happen.

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James Costello

Gov. Cuomo ince saud that SUNY will lead us out of the recession but not allowing a tuition increase and increasing the class offerings and increased class sizes will create the opposite affect.

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