BOSTON- Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury), Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, today received the Recognition of Leadership and Commitment Award from the State Universities of Massachusetts. The award was presented during an event at the State House thanking the Legislature for the recent increase in higher education funding in the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget.

“I would like to thank the state universities of Massachusetts for this award. The students of our public higher education system are our state’s future,” stated Senator Moore. “As Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, a priority I have set has been to support our students and their successes. They are future residents, innovators and leaders in the Commonwealth. I am proud of the increase we have achieved, which will make a difference in the lives of students, but we must continue to make public higher education a priority in Massachusetts.”

During the FY 2014 Budget debate, Senator Moore was instrumental in ensuring the Legislature included a historic increase in funding throughout the state’s public higher education system.  Due to the increase in funding, UMass, state universities and community college campuses across Massachusetts, have all agreed to freeze tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 school year.