University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy is praising the Senate Ways and Means Committee’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget, which includes $534 million for the UMass system, an increase of about 5 percent over this year.
“UMass Amherst alumnus and Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair Karen Spilka possess a profound understanding of the role of the university within the Commonwealth, which is reflected in this budget proposal. They and their colleagues recognize the transformative power of the university to educate and train the Commonwealth’s workforce and contribute to the economic vitality of the state, and are working to ensure access and affordability for students attending the flagship campus. We thank them for their continuing support and commend their commitment to building a better future through insightful and strategic investments.”
The Senate Ways and Means Committee’s proposed spending plan is about 4 percent higher than the spending plan previously passed by the House and the budget filed by Gov. Baker in January. The Ways and Means Committee’s proposal now moves to the full Senate for debate. The final version will go to a conference committee, which will reconcile differences between the House and Senate bills.