The Cherish Act: Fully Funded Public Higher Ed

An Act committing to higher education the resources to insure a strong and healthy public higher education system - HD1224 - SD410

  • Allocates $600M new funding for our public higher education system

  • Establishes a fair minimum funding level per student to ensure funding keeps pace with enrollments

  • Freezes tuition and fees for five years to ensure higher ed is in reach of all students who want to attend

Most Americans, when polled, think that Higher education is receiving the same or more funding than it did in the past. But per pupil funding from the state is down 31% since 2001, and this is forcing public institutions to delay repairs, try to cut costs, and push higher tuition and fees on students who can ill afford them.

The Commission on Public Higher Education Finance issued a report in 2014 outlining this chronic underfunding, but our legislature hasn't taken major action. Every year, tiny increases in the state budget barely keep up for inflation, meanwhile students and educators pay the costs.

the decision makers

Joint Committee on Higher Education

Who on committee has co-sponsored:

state senators:

Anne Gobigreen check
Anne Gobi (D)
Spencer

chair

Joanne Comerfordgreen check
Joanne Comerford (D)
Northampton

chair

Edward Kennedyred x
Edward Kennedy (D)
Lowell
Marc Pachecored x
Marc Pacheco (D)
Taunton
Michael Rushred x
Michael Rush (D)
Rush
Ryan Fattmanred x
Ryan Fattman (R)
Sutton

state representatives:

David Rogersred x
David Rogers (D)
Cambridge

chair

Carmine Gentilegreen check
Carmine Gentile (D)
Sudbury

chair

Sean Garballeygreen check
Sean Garballey (D)
Arlington
Rady Momred x
Rady Mom (D)
Lowell
Mindy Dombgreen check
Mindy Domb (D)
Amherst
John Rogersgreen check
John Rogers (D)
Norwood
Maria Robinsongreen check
Maria Robinson (D)
Framingham
Jay Livingstonegreen check
Jay Livingstone (D)
Boston
Patricia Duffygreen check
Patricia Duffy (D)
Kelly Peasered x
Kelly Pease (D)
Kimberly Fergusonred x
Kimberly Ferguson (R)
Holden

Who has co-sponsored:

History of the bill

2022

Jan 2021

Bill re-filed as HD.1224

2021

Dec 2020

Bill killed via study order

Nov 2020

Extension Order - committee allowed until Nov 20th to act, far too late to allow the bill to pass this session

2020

Apr 2019

Committee Hearing - Joint Committee on Education

Jan 2019

Bill filed

2019