UMass system seeking 7.7% increase from state

The President’s Office submitted a fiscal 2006 budget request of $422.8 million to the Governor’s Office on Dec. 6, according to spokesman William Wright.

The request reflects a 7.7 percent increase, or $30.3 million, over last year’s final state appropriation of $392.5 million.

According to Wright, the additional funding requested will be used to address a number of needs across the five-campus system, including hiring of new tenure-track faculty to replace those lost during budget cuts or through early retirement; support for academic programs of distinction; increases in financial aid; funding of collective bargaining agreements; facilities maintenance; improved recruitment and retention of students; and technology upgrades.

Between FY01 and FY04, general state appropriations to the University decreased by nearly $128 million, or 26 percent.