Budget in Conference Committee

The Conference Committee will resolve differences in the FY 2011 state budgets passed by the House and the Senate.  The Senate budget proposal provides $918.8 million for our campuses — a reduction of 5.2% from this year.  This is much better than the House budget which reduces appropriations to $840.6 million, a cut of 13.3%.  […]

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Rep. Patrick on Equitable Taxes

Read this important viewpoint on Revenues from Rep. Matthew Patrick who recently introduced an amendment to the House budget that would have restored the 12% rate on unearned income (dividends and interest).  PHENOM thanks him and the brave Representatives (Kocot, Malia,Provost, Scaccia, Sciortino, Story, Swan, Toomey) who voted in favor of this in the midst of […]

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Taxes for Public Higher Education

On May 18, voters in Arizona approved Proposition 100, which will temporarily increase the sales tax by one cent on the dollar to fund both K-12 and higher education.  In Oregon, voters approved changes in bond rules that will allow public colleges and universities to finance the purchase of existing buildings, not just the construction […]

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Federal Bailout: Not for Education?

Congress took a step Thursday toward disappointing education leaders who are hoping for another large injection of federal funds, even as the Obama administration stepped up its advocacy for such a boost. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $58.8 billion bill to provide emergency spending for the 2010 fiscal year, but despite pleas from the […]

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BIG CUTS LOOMING FOR PUBLIC CAMPUSES

Virtually no amendment with a price tag was added to the House budget, included one PHENOM proposed (#763) to increase funds for financial aid.  The House budget maintains this year’s level of funding for financial aid – clearly inadequate as campuses will be forced to raise fees significantly. All this bad news is in large […]

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Testimony to Ways and Means Committees February 22, 2010

What if our graduation rates, test scores, and overall educational level improve?  What happens when more students recognize their potential and see higher education as the next logical stepping stone to success?  What will we say to them when they can’t afford to attend college or when our colleges are so full and so under-funded that they […]

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Massachusetts Cuts Higher Education More than Any Other State

Whether you look at the last two years or the last five, Massachusetts has cut funding for public higher education more than any other state.  Over these same time periods, student enrollment has skyrocketed.  In fact, from FY 2008 to 2009, only 4 states saw their student population increase more than ours.  And of course, […]

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For a Great State of Mind: Invest in Public Higher Education

PHENOM is launching an ambitious multi-year grassroots campaign for a dramatic increase in investment in public higher education in Massachusetts.   The goal is to bring Massachusetts up to the national average in state support and down to the average in costs for students.  The campaign will be launched on January 31 at 3:00 PM at UMass Amherst at an […]

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