Massachusetts Senate budget jeopardizes UMass tuition freeze

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Budget leaders of the state Senate today unveiled a proposed operating budget for the University of Massachusetts that throws into doubt a plan by the university president to freeze student tuition and fees for the coming school year.

The Senate Ways & Means Committee took the wraps off $33.92 billion budget for state government for the fiscal year starting July 1, up 4.2 percent over spending for this fiscal year. The budget is balanced with nearly $500 million in proposed new revenues, including a 3 cent hike in the gas tax to 26.5 cents a gallon and $1 increase in the cigarette tax to $3.51 a pack.

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