Monday, August 3, 2015

UMass president lobbies to restore money to budget - Laura Krantz, Boston Globe

With one Beacon Hill victory under his belt, Martin T. Meehan, president of the University of Massachusetts, is going for another: lobbying state lawmakers to restore money the governor vetoed from the university budget and pay for collectively bargained raises to staff and professors that have gone unfunded for a year. Two weeks ago, Meehan succeeded in negotiating a historic change with the governor and lawmakers to improve the way the university bills families, a change all sides have hailed as a win for transparency. But in the same move, Governor Charlie Baker sliced $5.2 million from the university’s piece of the state pie to $526 million, saying it should find savings elsewhere.

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