On Jan. 16, 2018, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his $168 billion budget for the 2018–19 fiscal year. Along with a 3 percent increase in aid to K–12 schools, Cuomo called for a 1 percent increase in higher education spending, a 3 percent increase in health care and 14 percent on big-ticket capital projects.
In response, UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued the following statement:
New York State is pledging to protect the middle class and working families at a time when Washington, D.C. is rewarding corporations and billionaires. We look forward to working with Gov. Cuomo and the legislature to preserve the progress we have made in education and to keep investing in our public schools.