Sciences Funding Vetoed
August 25, 2000
A life sciences research partnership between
the University and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield suffered
a setback two weeks ago when Gov. Paul Cellucci vetoed $5 million
in funding for the project, which supporters say will spur the development
of thousands of jobs in the biomedical industry.
The seed money was part of a supplemental state budget approved
earlier this month by the Legislature. Backed by several local
legislative leaders, including House Majority Leader William P.
Nagle, Jr. (D-Northampton), Senate Majority Leader Linda Melconian
(D-Springfield), Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Stan Rosen-berg
(D-Amherst) and Senate Minority Leader Brian Lees (R-East Longmea-dow),
the allocation was an effort to jump-start the Pioneer Life Sciences
Plans for the research partnership call for raising public and
private funds to construct a $75 million integrated sciences building
on campus and renovate a building in Springfield at a cost of
According to news reports, Cellucci said he deleted the money
for the initiative because other funding sources are available.
Cellucci approved several other campus-related items in the supplemental
budget, including $399,000 for pay raises for UMass Police officers
and $1,773,000 to fund the University's collective bargaining
agreement with the Graduate Employee Organization. The two-year
pact, which was ratified last September, covers the period from
July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2001.
Also approved was $161,000 for pay raises for classified staff
supervisors represented by Local 509 of the Service Employees