Urge legislators to protect public higher education funding
The House and Senate budgets for the upcoming fiscal year both include proposed cuts to state and community colleges and UMass. The Senate budget, however, provides significantly more funding than what is included in the House version. Please contact your legislators TODAY and ask them to urge conference committee members to support the Senate's proposed funding of public higher education.
State representatives and senators in the next two weeks will decide the level of funding for higher education next year. Right now, six legislators (three state representatives and three senators) are meeting to iron out the differences between the House and Senate budgets. There is no time to waste. The conference committee's budget recommendations could be before the House and Senate for an up-or-down vote as early as Monday, June 21.
It is important that the full amount of the Senate budget for public higher education be funded, as any further reduction to this amount would be detrimental to our institutions and the students they serve. Deeper cuts than that already proposed by the Senate budget would result in a serious reduction in quality, programs and accessibility. Please ask legislators not to "split the difference" as anything more than the Senate proposed cut would set back our public higher education institutions for years to come.
Email Your Legislators
Legislators can be reached through the State House switchboard at 617-722-2000.