BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker last week signed a fiscal 2016 budget, but not before he made some significant cuts using the “line-item” veto. Senate President Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst) said the biggest disappointment was the $5 million cut to the University of Massachusetts system. Rosenberg told 22News, “So, I was really disappointed that that $5 million came out and I’m hoping that we’ll consider an override in both the House and the Senate.”
The funding cut comes as the University of Massachusetts plans to increase tuition and fees by five percent next school year.
“Whenever you cut that, the money is going to come from somewhere. It’s always my concern that they’ll come from our students and that’s unacceptable,” said State Rep. Sean Garballey (D-Arlington).
UMass students expect to see their tuition and fees go up by nearly $600 next school year – a bit more if they plan to live on-campus. The Governor also cut $5 million from the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. State Senator Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow) told 22News he is hoping the House and Senate will override that veto.
“Our tourist sites can’t be moved, so this is a resource we need to continue to foster and invest in.”
Under the new budget, the state will spend $38 billion this fiscal year. There is no time limit for lawmakers to override Baker’s budget vetoes.
For a full list of the Governor’s budget vetoes, click here.