$300,000 FOR PACE (H 5164)

By Bob Katzen

The House 126-27, Senate 37-2, overrode the governor’s veto of the entire $300,000 for the Partnership to Advance Collaboration and Efficiencies (PACE) initiative.

According to its website, PACE is a collaborative initiative of Massachusetts’ nine state universities and 15 community colleges to create a “systematic effort for campus collaborations which will benefit each institution, their geographic region and the state. It is designed to promote cost savings and operational efficiencies, increase productivity and improve service delivery.”

Supporters of the $300,000 said PACE has been successful in cost savings in the long run and short run and generates savings for all 24 campuses.

In his veto message, Baker said his reason for vetoing the $300,000 was because it was not in his original version of the budget that he filed.

(A “Yes” vote is for the $300,000. A “No” vote is against it.)

Rep. Christine Barber Yes Rep. Mike Connolly Yes Rep. Denise Provost Yes Sen. Patricia Jehlen Yes

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