And in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has said the state will fully fund CUNY, the City University of New York, for the next year. Cuomo had threatened to push nearly $500 million in state costs onto the city. This comes after protests in New York City Thursday, in which students staged a die-in to demand the state fully fund the university. CUNY graduate student Isa spoke out.
Isa: "My DC 37 contract has been expired for seven years. The PSC contract has been expired for six. And if the state and city don’t pass this budget, the cost comes down to students. And that’s me, as well. ... So, my tuition has been going up steadily every single year. How much more can we take? I mean, this university was established for working-class students, and it’s no longer that. It’s becoming privatized, and there’s nothing left for us."