I am proud to announce that we in the legislature have succeeded in making a historic investment for our State University system during the FY14 budget deliberations. As a result, the State Universities will be able to freeze tuition and institutional fees for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. An additional $15m will be allocated to the system as an important first step towards an equitable funding of Massachusetts’ institutions of public higher education, and will significantly benefit our students and their families. This positions us to proceed in the right direction for support of public higher education in the future. I thank my colleagues!