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Statements on Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Submission

February 28, 2007

UMass Board of Trustees Chairman Stephen P. Tocco and UMass President Jack M. Wilson today expressed their appreciation for the UMass funding increase proposed in Gov. Deval Patrick's budget submission. Under the Governor's proposed budget, funding for the five-campus UMass system would rise from $444 million in FY 2007 to $462 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

"Given the state's challenging financial picture in the next fiscal year, I am very pleased that the Governor has shown his commitment to providing an $18 million funding increase for the University of Massachusetts in his first budget. We look forward to working with the Governor, the Legislature and other state leaders to continue to move UMass on the path toward becoming one of the top public universities in the nation," said UMass Board of Trustees Chairman Stephen P. Tocco.

"The Governor's budget proposal reinforces his confidence in UMass and the value in investing in the University of Massachusetts system. The University of Massachusetts works diligently to provide affordable excellence to its students and to contribute to the economic and social development of the Commonwealth. We know that we are offering the state a good return on its investment, given the University's $4.3 billion annual economic impact within the Commonwealth, and we appreciate the Governor's acknowledgement of the important role of UMass and public higher education in Massachusetts," said University of Massachusetts President Jack M. Wilson.

Contact:  Robert P. Connolly, 617.287.7073; Libby DeVecchi, 617.287.7023


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