State lawmakers and faculty labor leaders on Wednesday called for a maintenance of effort bill for New York’s state and city public university campuses.

The state’s current MOE is due to expire at the end of the month, a development legislators fear could lead to reduced funding at SUNY and CUNY campuses.

The 2016-17 state budget made alterations to the SUNY 2020 program, which ended authorized annual tuition increases as well as the MOE stipulation that requires the state to mantain its level of support for mandated cots incurred by both both SUNY and CUNY.

“We are here to continue our call for a real Maintenance of Effort in funding by the state for CUNY and SUNY. Inclusion of a real statutory MOE is needed to ensure that CUNY and SUNY would be provided with the state level of funding needed to carry out their important public missions,” said Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, the Democrat who chairs in the Senate Higher Education Committee.

“A meaningful MOE would ensure that all mandatory costs for both CUNY and SUNY, such as utilities and contractual obligations, are provided for by the state. Our public higher education systems have served generations of New Yorkers and continue to serve tens of thousands of students all over the state. CUNY and SUNY have served as the mechanism for countless individuals to reach the middle class and achieve the American dream.”

The MOE push comes amid strained costs at CUNY in particular, where the union that represents faculty and staff are pushing for a new contract and have threatened a walk out at the start of the next school year if one is not place.

At the same time, there’s been concerns raised over the struggle at college campuses to keep costs low while also enacting infrastructure upgrades.

“Maintenance of Effort is vital to keep the State University of New York and the City University of New York operational,” said Republican Senate Higher Education Committee Chairman Ken LaValle. “The students in these university systems have invested into their education and it is time for the state of New York to make the same commitment by properly funding these central costs. Funding these costs should not be done on the backs of students. It is the state of New York’s obligation to provide for the continuing maintenance of these necessary costs for our higher education institutions.”