Meehan Seeks To Restore Vetoed UMass Money

University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan is lobbying state lawmakers to restore money vetoed from the university budget and pay for collectively bargained raises to staff and professors that have gone unfunded for a year.

Gov. Charlie Baker sliced $5.2 million from the university's budget to $526 million, saying it should find savings elsewhere.

Meehan is also seeking an extra $10.9 million for the contracts. The Boston Globe reports that the House could take up both matters next week.

Meehan has said without the vetoed money and extra for contracts, UMass will struggle to come out in the black.

The Baker administration points out that even with the governor's veto, UMass will receive a budget increase of $15 million over last year after the midyear budget cut.



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