Testimony on the Cherish Act
Dear Chairs Roy and Gobi,
Thank you for the opportunity to testify today on the CHERISH Act (H.1214/S.741). I speak in support of this bill, which is supported by the institutions of higher education, including Framingham State University (located in the 6th Middlesex) and MassBay Community College (located in Framingham, soon to be rebuilt in the 6th Middlesex).
Higher education is a major factor to economic success, yet I hear stories every week of students dropping out due to high tuition costs, the high cost of living, and even due to homelessness or hunger. None of these circumstances should determine whether a person can achieve a college degree or not. We should be removing barriers to public education at all levels, and freezing tuition costs while adding new funding to our institutions of learning is the least we as the Legislature can do.
The Massachusetts 5th Congressional district is one of only 15 Congressional districts in the entire country where more than half of its residents hold a college degree. We can continue our economic growth by supporting students across the educational spectrum through funding efforts like the CHERISH Act, or we can see a decline in economic opportunity. Recognizing that students who attend public higher education institutions stay in the Commonwealth, we are investing in our future when we invest in our students and our public colleges and universities.
Thank you for your time, and please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.
6th Middlesex District