A report in this week's Business First shows how the SUNY system is facing "turning point." SUNY is losing state financial support and facing cuts to programs and personnel. Nearly $600 million in state funding has been cut in the past two years and more cuts could be on the way. But the SUNY Chancellor says there is still a way to transform the entire SUNY system into the state's primary economic powerhouse while improving education and creating jobs. One example is through business incubators at SUNY campuses. There is also a bill that would allow SUNY to set its own tuition rates, but it is tied up in budget negotiations.
Meanwhile, area arts groups are preparing for the worst under the state's budget crisis. This week's emergency-spending bill is expected to affect education and arts and cultural groups. The New York State Council for the Arts provided $41 million in grants across the state this fiscal year, including nearly $2.5 million in WNY. The report says that figure could be slashed. Some groups are planning staff cuts, others are changing admission rates and some are trying new fundraising techniques. You can read more in this week's Business First.