On Tuesday, October 18th the Council of Presidents (CoP) of the state universities provided their segmental report to the Board of Higher Education (BHE). In this report, President Keenan (Salem State University, Chair of the CoP) expressed the presidents’ full support for ballot Question 1, the Fair Share amendment. He acknowledged how important this legislation could be for our universities as it would generate an estimated $2 billion in revenue constitutionally earmarked for public education and transportation.
At this same meeting, Maria Hegbloom presented public comments on behalf of the union. Like the campus presidents, she expressed the union’s support for the ballot question, the important issues this money could be used for, and the need for members of the BHE, as those legally charged with maintaining our system of public higher education in Massachusetts, to offer their support as well.
This united fight for fair funding and shared support for Question 1 should stand as a clear indication of the significance of the Fair Share amendment. This is a chance to reverse the trend of underfunding that has been gutting our institutions.