State University

The following items related to SUNY State-operated campuses were included in this year’s Executive budget:


 

  • The Executive Budget largely reflects the 2019-20 Enacted Budget levels of support and appropriation authority. 
  • A continuation and extension of the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) and the Predictable Tuition Plan through 2024/25.
  • Full support of State-operated campus employee benefits and bonded capital costs (exclusive of campus supported NYSUNY 2020 bonded appropriations).
  • A continuation of $18 million for the Investment and Performance Fund based on a methodology approved by the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees.
  • Inclusion of an undergraduate tuition plan in which SUNY Board of Trustees will be empowered to increase resident tuition at State-operated campuses by a maximum of $200 per year above the approved amount for the prior year and would run through 2024/25 (first enacted in 2017/18).
  • The enhanced implementation of the Excelsior Scholarship Program, with annual family taxable income eligibility increasing to $135,000 in 2020/21 and $150,000 in 2021/22.
  • Establishment of a Capital Matching Program (leveraging up to $200 million in additional State bonded support annually), which would support new construction and/or major renovations of academic facilities at the State-operated campuses and statutory colleges. The matching goal would be to achieve an overall program ratio of 1:2, with every $1 of campus generated funds leveraging $2 of State support.

The Executive Budget recommends $550 million in critical maintenance funding, which is the same amount that was provided in last year’s Enacted Budget. Of the $550 million, $153.4 million is allocated for State-operated/statutory campuses (UAlbany’s share is $9.72 million) and $396.6 million in a lump sum for priority critical maintenance projects. While its allocation is yet to be determined, priority will be given to projects that address life and safety concerns, core infrastructure in need of replacement and upgrading buildings and infrastructure to meet current codes and regulations, such as ADA.

The Executive Budget also includes language that amends the Infrastructure Investment Act to include the State University Construction Fund as an authorized entity to enter into design-build contracts for projects of a certain dollar value, and subject to project labor agreements.