Speaking about the recently enacted SUNY tuition increase on WCNY’s “Capitol Pressroom” today, Governor Cuomo stated “Well, students would like to have no increase ever. I understand that. I wish we were in a position to do that, but there’s something called financial reality that we have to deal with.”
In response, students from the Save Our SUNY Coalition held a rally outside the Governor’s office on October 27th. They demanded to know why the Governor is choosing to give millionaires a $5 billion tax cut while imposing a 30% tuition increase on students that is little more than a regressive back-door tax on New Yorkers pursuing higher education. SUNY-Albany student Angelica Clarke said “apparently the financial reality of New York is that students and members of the 99% get tuition increases and budget cuts while the 1% get tax breaks.” Fellow SUNY-Albany student Simon Tangney added, “Students could teach the Governor something about shared sacrifice; Cuomo speaks of ‘financial reality’ as if he doesn’t have a hand in its creation.”
If you feel the Governor should not let the “Millionaire’s Tax” expire, believe NY SUNY2020 to be a load of crock, or simply don’t like his condescending attitude towards students, tell him how you feel! Call (518) 474-8390.