UMass President’s Statement on Governor’s Budget Proposal
BOSTON-January 23, 2008-University of Massachusetts President Jack M. Wilson today expressed his appreciation for the UMass funding increase proposed in Gov. Deval Patrick's fiscal year 2009 budget submission and pledged to work with the Governor, the House and the Senate to continue to serve the University's students and the Commonwealth.
"Governor Deval Patrick has put forward a budget shaped by current fiscal and economic realities. We appreciate that the Governor, who must weigh the needs of so many vital programs and interests, is proposing $489,758,814 in funding for the University of Massachusetts, which represents a $20.7 million or 4.4 percent increase over the appropriation for the current fiscal year. This is a noteworthy expression of confidence on the Governor's part. This additional funding will aid UMass in its ongoing quest to take its rightful place alongside the finest public universities in the nation and will enrich the academic experiences of each of our 61,000 students. The University of Massachusetts spends each state-funded dollar carefully and wisely and with the goal of advancing our overarching mission of education, research and public service. We look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature in our shared effort to build a better and more prosperous Commonwealth," said UMass President Jack M. Wilson.
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