With a brand new governor in place and her place main the higher chamber of the state Legislature secured, the Senate’s President wasted little time earlier than taking to the airwaves to push her plan free of charge group school.
“When people ask me about the cost, I feel my best and first response is ‘what is the cost if we do not do it?’” Senate Pres. Karen Spilka stated.
The Ashland Democrat was talking to WBZ’s Jon Keller throughout his weekly politics section, which is taped Thursdays however broadcast in the course of the community’s Sunday morning information program. The Senate President would make a second TV look Sunday, with Ed Harding and Sharman Sacchetti for WCVB’s On the Record, additionally historically filmed Thursday and launched over the weekend.
Spilka gained her third full time period main the Senate on Wednesday and apparently went on message instantly.
“We figure, particularly right now, it would (cost) approximately $50 million,” she advised Keller.
“We can’t afford to not do it,” she advised Harding later, citing the $50 million price once more.
Spilka might have discovered an ally within the nook workplace, after Gov. Maura Healey known as for the same initiative in her inaugural handle Thursday, saying the associated fee was an “investment in our people.”
“In my first budget, I will create and fund a new program called MassReconnect. This will offer free community college to students over 25 who don’t have a college degree. We’ll also enhance early college opportunities and increase funding to our state university system so everyone can afford a higher degree,” Healey stated Thursday.
Spilka advised Keller she isn’t certain why Healey’s plan would set an age restriction, however that she “looks forward to working with her on this issue to iron it out. We both have the same values and priorities in this area, which is very exciting and makes it more likely that it’s doable.”
“I look forward to hearing why it’s over 25 on her plan, I believe we should open it up to all students,” she continued.
According to Spilka, the individuals of the Commonwealth clearly need extra funding in public schooling, if the passage of the Fair Share Amendment in November is any indicator. That regulation would tax excessive incomes 4% extra to assist pay for schooling and transportation initiatives.
“As long as I’m Senate President, every Fair Share Dollar will go to new investments in transportation and education,” she stated.