Higher Education

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We live in a representative democracy — we choose our representatives, and they make policy choices on our behalf. Central to the success of any democracy is the ability of its people to be adequately informed about the issues of the day and the way in which their government works. In addition, an advanced society such as ours relies on the intellect and skills of its people to boost its economic vitality.

An important component to such successes is a quality, affordable system of higher education. NYPIRG has long promoted access to affordable, high quality college education for all students. Working with our sister organization, we have offered analyses that help make the case for enhanced state support for higher education institutions, both public and independent.

Empty seat voting returns to Assembly  (Observer, February 8, 2023)
Governor Hochul presents her budget  (WAMC, February 6, 2023)
NY Chief Judges Failed To Report Taxable Chauffeur Perks  (Law 360, February 6, 2023)
Blair Horner discusses Governor Hochul's budget proposal on The Legislative Gazette  (WAMC, February 3, 2023)
After Hochul veto, lawmakers hope wrongful death law will still expand  (Spectrum News, February 3, 2023)
Urgen dar luz verde a tarifa de congestión en NY  (El Diario, February 3, 2023)
NY Gov. Kathy Hochul's 2024 budget proposes more school aid, tax hike for cigarettes  (ABC News 7, February 1, 2023)
Hochul's budget proposes tax hike for cigs, more school aid  (The Register Citizen, February 1, 2023)
Hochul's budget proposes tax hike for cigs, more school aid  (The Telegraph, February 1, 2023)
Hochul Vetoes ‘Wrongful Death’ Bill, Heightening Tension With Lawmakers  (The New York Times, January 31, 2023)
Hochul vetoes Grieving Families Act, inflaming tensions with lawmakers  (City & State, January 31, 2023)
Bottle deposit law expansion urged for New York  (Spectrum News, January 30, 2023)
Poll finds support for New York bottle bill expansion  (Recycling Today, January 30, 2023)
Lobbying on LaSalle nomination shows apparent gap in reporting requirements  (Albany Times-Union, January 30, 2023)
We must do more to avert climate catastrophe  (WAMC, January 30, 2023)
Lobbying on judicial nomination shows apparent gap in reporting requirements  (Olean Times-Herald, January 30, 2023)
Today Is Deadline for New York Gov. Hochul to Decide on Bill to Expand Wrongful Death Damages  (Insurance Journal, January 30, 2023)
Poll shows New Yorkers favor boosting recycling deposit to 10 cents  (Fingerlakes 1, January 30, 2023)
Poll: New Yorkers favor expanded recycling, 10¢ deposit  (Albany Times-Union, January 29, 2023)
The Last Bill Standing: the deadline for Governor Hochul to act upon the Grieving Families Act is here  (ABC News 7 Buffalo, January 29, 2023)
News Archive
NYPIRG and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness Release Policy Paper on Economic Benefits of Higher Education
NYPIRG Reacts to the Governor's 2023-2024 Executive Budget
Statewide Poll Finds New Yorkers Strongly Support “Bottle Bill” Program Expansion
150 Organizations Call on Governor to Include Modernized “Bottle Bill” in Budget
Advocates to Governor Hochul: Make "greedy" oil companies pay for climate damages! In Albany, standing in the shadow of a giant inflatable pig, a coalition of environmentalists called on the governor to make the world’s largest oil companies pay for the staggering infrastructure costs of dealing with climate change. The groups estimated that those costs could total $100 billion in New York over the next decade, with more expenses as the world’s climate worsens.
Ahead of the 2023 State of the State, more than 200 groups released a letter sent to Governor Hochul urging her to make big oil companies, not taxpayers, financially responsible for the growing climate damages facing the state.
Environmental & Climate Groups Urge Governor to Sign Right to Repair Bill
Senior, Consumer, Disability, And Civic Organizations Urge Governor Hochul to Approve the “Grieving Families Act” - Legislation Passed with Overwhelming Bipartisan Majorities, but has Not Yet Been Sent to the Governor
NYPIRG Statement on Climate Action Council’s Approval of Its Scoping Plan
NYPIRG Reacts to Independent Redistricting Commission Proposed Assembly Boundaries
Over 300 New York Environmental, Community Groups, Redemption Centers, Canners, and Faith Groups, Call on Governor Hochul to Modernize NY’s Bottle Bill with a “Bigger Better Bottle Bill”
NYPIRG Applauds Passage of Environmental Bond Act, Urges Gov and Lawmakers to Act on Additional Measures
126 Groups Urge Governor & CAC to Support All-Electric Buildings Start in 2024
UPCOMING EVENTS! Securing Our Future: Saving Social Security from the Chopping Block
Watchdogs Ask New Members of Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government to Reset Expectations about NYS Ethics Oversight
Groups’ Recommendations Would Improve Enforcement, Transparency, and Training
Reform groups urge the new state ethics commission to get to work this month
NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and TransitCenter Release 17th Annual Pokey and Schleppie Awards on Bus Performance
Governor Approves Three Steps Toward Meeting Goals of Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act (CLCPA)
NYPIRG Applauds Move and Urges Governor to Sign Cryptocurrency Moratorium Act, and Include All-Electric Building Act and EV Car Charging Station Expansion Bill in 2023 Executive Budget
Policy Close Up: Climate Scorecard 2022
NYPIRG Submits 2022 Climate Action Council Draft Scoping Plan Comments
NYPIRG Releases “Albany Money Machine”
Albany Fundraising Fires up, Despite Pandemic
137 Fundraisers in Albany, or Virtual, or by Leadership During 2022
New “Normal” a Lot Like the Old One
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