Dear MSCA Faculty and Librarians:
On Monday afternoon, Jean Stonehouse,
MSCA chapter president at Bridgewater State College, invited me to attend
a meeting held at her campus with BRI President Mohler-Faria and Representative
David Flynn (D-Bridgewater) to discuss the status of the contract funding.
Representative Flynn, a member of
the House majority leadership, told those present that the funding for our
contract will be enacted either during an informal legislative session held
between now and January 1st, or as the first order of business during the
resumption of the formal legislative session in January.
He explained that, during the informal
session, any member of either legislative house can object to any bill's consideration.
He said that enactment of our contract funding during the informal session
is highly likely but cannot be guaranteed for this reason.
However, he assured those present
that, should enactment not occur during the informal session, the first order
of business in January would be a supplemental budget bill that would contain
our contract funding, along with other contracts submitted by the governor's
office in October. In response to my question, Representative Flynn stated
that the contract funding bill will carry over to January with no need to
resubmit it, because the formal session is merely in recess, not in adjournment.
Rep. Flynn expressed his opinion
that the governor will not veto our contract funding, but stated that, should
the governor do this, the Legislature will act within 24 hours to override
I trust that this report provides
the latest and most up-to-date information on the status of our contract funding.
I thank Chapter President Stonehouse for inviting me to the meeting at Bridgewater,
and I thank Representative Flynn for his support of our work on behalf of
the students of the state colleges.
My husband and I wish you and your
family a Happy Thanksgiving holiday.
Patricia V. Markunas,
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