MTA raps Romney on 'ill-advised' budget vetoes

MTA President Catherine A. Boudreau today rebuked Gov. Mitt Romney for his "ill-advised, but all too characteristic" vetoes of  more than $2.8 million in public K-12 school funding and more than $1.5 million in public higher education funding.

"The governor's vetoes forcefully argue against his claim to be a strong supporter of public education," Boudreau said. "Cutting proven programs like Head Start and cutting programs in vitally needed areas like nursing runs counter to what our state and its citizens need and deserve."

Boudreau cited the following cuts to K-12 public education: $1,353,857 to Grants to Head Start Programs; $1,000,000 to Parent-Child Home Program Grants; and $455,334 to Early Education and Care Administration.

She also cited these cuts to public higher education: $915,900 to Salem State College Second Degree Nursing; $250,000 to the North Shore Community College Public Policy Institute; $250,000 to Feasibility Assessment on Toxic Alternatives at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell; and $166,440 to the Office of Dispute Resolution Operations at UMass/Amherst.

"Now we trust that the Legislature will override these vetoes and restore the money our schools and colleges so desperately need," Boudreau stated.