Urge your state senator to support MTA-backed amendments

The MTA is seeking support for several amendments to the Senate Ways and Means Committee’s budget, released on May 15. The Senate budget plan increases funding for K-12 education over the House budget, but it proposes spending for public higher education significantly below House levels. Despite research showing that investments in early education help children be successful in school, the Senate plan makes no new investments in early education.

Over the past 13 years, public higher education has been cut by more than $620 million when adjusted for inflation. The House in its FY14 budget began to reverse that trend by increasing funding for public colleges and universities by 10 percent over FY13 funding levels. Unfortunately, the Senate’s proposed budget increase would be about 2 percent lower than the House’s investment.  

“Please make your voice heard and urge your state senator to support these amendments,” said MTA President Paul Toner. “Your elected leaders need to hear from you right away as the debate in the Senate is expected to begin on Wednesday, May 22.”

Click here to send a message to your own state senator urging him or her to support MTA-backed amendments. They include:

• Amendment 409. Reviving the Foundation Budget Review Commission.  Filed by Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, D-Boston, and other senators.

 Amendment 380. Bringing Senate funding for expanded learning time to the same level as has been approved by the House. Filed by Senator Michael Rodriques, D-Westport.

• Amendments 337, 359 and 367. Increasing  funding for UMass, state universities and community colleges so that it is in line with levels approved in the House budget. Filed by Senator Michael Moore, D- Millbury.

• Amendment 394. Establishing a Commission on Higher Education Funding similar to one included in both the governor’s and House-passed budgets. Filed by Senator Eileen Donoghue, D-Lowell.

• Amendments 162 and 381. Investing in early education by increasing funding for the income-eligible Access account and other quality initiatives, and bringing early education funding in line with the House budget. Amendment 162 was filed by Senator Tom McGee, D-Lynn, and Amendment 381 was filed by Senator Chang-Diaz.

Finally, please urge your senator to maintain the state’s current privatization law, often referred to as the Pacheco Law, by rejecting Amendments 112 and 113, filed by Senator Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester.

Send a message to your state senator urging him or her to support MTA-backed amendments.