Yes, you read that right - free college for families with six-figure incomes. Only in New York!
(There is a mythology about student loan debt - that most students are graduating with hundreds of thousands in debt. The reality is most have less than $30,000 which is what a car costs these days. For a decent college education, this is not an obscene amount. For a crappy college education, it is).
Worse yet, once it gets around that a SUNY degree is free, it won't be perceived as being worth anything. State schools already have a perception problem - that they are of lesser quality or are not a rigorous or prestigious as some private institutions. This perception is usually inaccurate, but it exists today. When SUNY becomes "free school" for the poor, what will its perception be then? It becomes like the British higher education system, where a "real" degree is a "first" and the kids who went to party just got "ordinary" degrees which are worth nothing in the job marketplace.