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Battenfeld: Marty Meehan laments that bloated UMass won’t get enough of our tax dollars

So UMass President Marty Meehan is worried that he won’t get his hands on our tax money – especially the new millionaire’s tax just approved by voters.

That’s pretty rich.

Meehan and his outrageous $700,000-plus annual pay has a lot of nerve to publicly lament the fact that the millions in new tax dollars won’t go to UMass.

The UMass president should look inward at his own system, top heavy with high paid chancellors and deputy chancellors and loaded with an extremely generous pension plan.

Every year UMass leads the state with the highest paid employees, including Meehan, who got a nice raise and has been paid $705,000 so far this year, according to state payroll records.

Meehan isn’t even the highest paid UMass employee. The school’s basketball coach, Matthew McCall, earned $823,000 in the 2022 fiscal year, records show, while athletic director Ryan Bamford made $594,000.

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy clocked in at $566,000, while Executive Vice Chancellor (yes, they have those at UMass) of Commonwealth Medicine Lisa Colombo earned $565,000, according to records.

The list goes on and on for UMass. You get the picture.

“The compensation of UMass faculty and staff reflects the excellence, innovation and dedication that they bring to their job every day at our five nationally ranked universities,” UMass spokesman John Hoey ($229,000 annual salary) told the Herald earlier this year.

Yes, even the flaks at UMass get well over $200K.

Under the new constitutional amendment approved by voters, the proceeds of the millionaire’s tax is supposed to go toward transportation and education. Nothing about higher education specifically, which is what Meehan is concerned about.

But Meehan is tone deaf to complain that UMass won’t get enough of our tax dollars, when so many other education-related causes could use the money even more.

What would you rather have the money spent on – bloated UMass and its out of control payroll or a new high school in Brockton? It’s not even close.

How about controlling rising tuition costs at UMass before asking the Legislature for more state handouts, President Meehan?

The former Massachusetts congressman is a savvy political player but seems to have lost touch with the average voter. That’s what happens when you live in a vacuum at UMass.

Somehow I don’t think the Legislature will be too sympathetic to his cause.

AMHERST, MA - APRIL 8: 7-3 The University of Massachusetts at Amherst campus on April 8, 2019. (Staff Photo By Christopher Evans/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst campus on April 8, 2019. (Herald file photo by Christopher Evans)

Battenfeld: Marty Meehan laments that bloated UMass won’t get enough of our tax dollars

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