March 23, 2005, 5:50pm
The Higher Education Budget Subcommittee essentially completed its assigned task this evening in recommending the allocation of an additional $243 million to the Governor's 2005-06 budget. Understand that this is a two-way budget agreement still subject to Executive review and approval.
Central to the committee's recommendation is that no action will be taken regarding SUNY's Tuition Guarantee proposal. Senator LaValle expressed disappointment that they "could not achieve a rational, predictable tuition policy" for SUNY and CUNY. However, both Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Canestrari indicated that discussions would continue on matters of tuition for SUNY and CUNY post budget.
TAP - full restoration ($109,156,400) is recommended with total rejection of the HESC "reforms" advanced in the Executive Budget along with the PACT program. Additional budget language will be proposed for both the Nursing and Social Worker loan forgiveness programs with a scholarship component to be included in the nursing program.
SUNY - full restoration of the $84.3 million in operating aid through state support. Originally the Executive provided it through a $500 tuition increase.
Community Colleges - base aid is increased by $115 per FTE for a total allocation of $14,066,250, resulting in a base aid rate of $2,350. Rental aid is also increased by $2,812,500.
EOP Program - restored to the "pre-veto" levels approved by the Senate and Assembly with an appropriation of $5,810,000.
Marine Research Facility - appropriated at $525,000.
NYSTAR - $4.2 million for CAT programs, Faculty Development and the James Watson Awards.
Capital Projects - SUNY & CUNY would receive $633 million over the Governor's 2005-06 executive budget proposal. No campus specific details at this time except that these monies would be set at the "traditional" 60/40 split. This means approximately $379.8 million for SUNY and $253.2 million for CUNY. We anticipate that the capital projects outlined the Senate budget bills and the Assembly budget resolutions are included in this $633 amount, plus some others not yet known. We will provide the details once we have them. They also approved the Capital Matching Program in concept and the language will be forthcoming.
That is all we know at this time. We will update you as more information is available.