Massachusetts Senators Angling for More Money for UMass

Amendments to a Massachusetts senate committee’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year were due Friday afternoon. Some senators are pushing for better funding of UMass. 

The committee’s $34 billion budget plan includes a $16 million boost for UMass. But university president Robert Caret says that’s well shy of the $39 million needed to freeze tuition and fees at the five-campus system.

“I do believe that the citizens expect and deserve a year or two without tutitions going up, because they have been going up because of the decrease in state support for some time.”

Worcester Senator Michael Moore submitted a proposed amendment today that would bring the state contribution up to the level needed for a tuition freeze. He says that even if the Senate rejects it, there’s still a chance to secure the funds in a conference committee negotiation with the House.