State Relations Update - August 27, 2010
Recent Funding Enhancements - NYS was recently awarded $700 million in Race to the Top Round II stimulus education funding which will be available to enhance K-12 education throughout New York State. In addition, $607 million in federal funding from the recently passed Education Jobs Fund will be distributed to school districts according to the State's primary through the Foundation Aid funding formula to restore, retain and create teacher jobs. And finally, Congress approved the extension of FMAP which will provide approximately $1.4 billion to New York over two budget years, with $800 million of that funding coming in the current fiscal year which enabled the Governor and the Legislature to finalize the 2010-11 state budget.
GSEU Contract - Senator Stavisky just filed the companion (S.8477) to A.11608 which would implement the terms of a memorandum of understanding between NYS and the CWA Local 1104/GSEU. The Assembly has already passed the bill. We suspect that this will be on the short agenda if and when the Senate returns before the beginning of the 2011 session.
Speaker Silver Visits SUNYIT - The long discussed and anticipated inter-regional nanotechnology partnership with UAlbany and SUNYIT became a reality with the announcement of the nfrastructure Technologies Center of Competency in Information Technologies locating at SUNYIT.
UUP Endorsements - UUP President Phil Smith has indicated that they "cannot support anyone who supports PHEEIA". This position is in sync with NYSUT's recent announcements of endorsements for the upcoming elections. UUP NYSUT
Stachowski Endorsement - The Buffalo Building and Construction Trades Council recently withdrew its endorsement of Senator Stachowski's reelection bid citing his "waffling" on his support of PHEEIA and the overall UB 2020 efforts in the Legislature.
TAP Update - As a result of the final enactment of the 2010-11 budget, the Governor's reduction of $75 for all TAP recipients will be implemented beginning with this Fall 2010 semester. While there are several other adjustments to TAP and financial aid programs, a recent understanding has been reached that will modify the new Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. The Regents will be considering emergency regulations to address students enrollment in a program of remedial study and their continuing TAP eligibility. HESC Bulletin
Chapters & Vetoes - Several more bills have been transmitted to the Governor for final action that impact SUNY and higher education. We expect many of the remaining bills to be forwarded to the Governor in early September for final action. Chapter Veto Summary
New SUNY Additions - Since our last gathering, some new folks have been added to both the GR and System family.