As you probably know by now, Governor Cuomo has proposed a 15%
reduction in funding for CSTEP and STEP for the 2017-2018 fiscal
year. There is no justification for cutting funding to programs
that are among the most effective and efficient in the state. We
must respond to this proposed cut if we want to maintain the funding
we have worked hard to achieve in the past few years.
On February 14th, APACS will hold its annual Advocacy Day in collaboration
with CICU. I ask for your support and participation by traveling
to Albany to meet with your local and legislative leaders, and by
participating in our email letter-writing campaign. If you cannot
travel to Albany on February 14th, I ask that you meet with your
local legislators in their home district offices.
APACS is calling for a 30% increase in funding for 2017-2018.
With a still robust economy the Governor has proposed new spending
on many education and other projects. It is unacceptable to fund
new untried programs at the expense of our highly successful and
nationally renowned programs. The Governor’s proposed cuts
would actually cut spending more than 15% given the additional 14
CSTEP and 5 STEP programs that were added during this current fiscal
I ask for your support and participation in the February 14th
Advocacy Day, and the upcoming email letter-writing campaign. Please
contact our APACS Advocacy Day Committee members with any questions
you may have. Carlos Pulquerio and Diane Williams are coordinating
the Advocacy Day registration with the Student Aid Alliance. Please
follow registration procedures outlined in this attachment.
Jeri O’Bryan-Losee is coordinating our email letter-writing
campaign and she will contact you shortly.
Thank you for your continued support. Our destiny is in our hands.
Very truly yours,
Michael A. Molina
President, APACS, Inc.
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