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UMass Reorg? Bay State Governor Wants to Eliminate UMass President's Job. (in the News)

Magazine article University Business

UMass Reorg? Bay State Governor Wants to Eliminate UMass President's Job. (in the News)

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Massachusetts is yet one more example of a state caught in a budget crunch. A reported $3 billion state budget shortfall may translate into a $65 million budget cut for the University of Massachusetts system. The crisis has already forced trustees to pass a 15 percent hike in student fees, bringing the total increase to $1,000 for in-state students and $2,000 for out-of-state attendees.

Just how high they will have to raise tuition and how much they will have to cut spending is still unclear because Republican Gov. Mitt Romney and UMass system President William Bulger are expected to be locked in a spirited duke-out until the budget is finalized at the end of the fiscal year (June '03).

Romney has raised a number of eyebrows with his proposal to eliminate Bulger's job--which pays the UMass president $309,000 per year--along with the president's entire office. Romney estimates total savings to come to $14 million annually. Naturally, Bulger, who oversees the state's 29 four-year and two-year colleges and universities, is fighting to keep his job and to keep his office open. …

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