Gov. Hochul highlights state budget impact for SUNY campuses

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ALBANY, NY (WENY)–Wednesday, Governor Kathy Hochul highlighted state budget impacts for the State University of New York or SUNY campuses. 

“This is the place we take care of our students, give them whatever they need to thrive,” Hochul said. 

The state budget, passed in early May, included over one billion dollars for SUNY capitol projects that intends to upgrade campus facilities. 

It also included $163 million for operating aid and $75 million to help meet workforce needs. 

SUNY Chancellor John King said this years budget is an opportunity to grow research and strengthen support including mental health services.

“This really was a groundbreaking level of investment this year in SUNY—the largest operating aid increase in twenty years. We’re excited about the future we see it as a real vote of confidence in SUNY,” King said. 

King also said the operating aid will help expand SUNY’s internship opportunities. He said this summer they are funding 150 research internships and the operating aid will allow SUNY to invest in 1400 more internships. 

“It might be in the workplace; it might be on campus through a research project. But we want all of our students to be prepared for success when they graduate,” King said. 

The state funding will be divided among the 64 SUNY campuses and is expected to be implemented this upcoming fall. 

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