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Meehan: UMass may lobby for more funding for med school

August 24, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The new president of the University of Massachusetts says he would support additional state funding for the system’s medical school.

Marty Meehan tells The Telegram and Gazette (http://bit.ly/1h7mSu5 ) that the medical school generated $1.7 billion in economic activity for the state and more investment could boost that.

Chancellor Dr. Michael Collins tells the medical school “could be really great with more investments.”

The school’s funding from the state last year was $41 million.

Collins says medical schools in other states receive their own line item in their state’s budgets, preventing situations where public medical schools are pitted against other schools.

UMass received $532 million for fiscal year 2016, which is distributed among its campuses. The school had requested $578 million.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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