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Greenfield Community College hosts budget hearing on education

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GREENFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

On Tuesday, state commissioners from early education to higher education went before the joint Committee on Ways and Means at Greenfield Community College.

Each commissioner got the chance to testify about Gov. Deval Patrick's budget proposal on education for FY 2014.  

The FY 2014 budget calls for a more than $400 million increase in statewide education over the FY 2013 budget.

Robert Pura, president of Greenfield Community College, told CBS 3 around $20 million of the 2014 budget will go to community colleges across the state.

Pura said this money will help schools, such as Greenfield Community College, make education more affordable for students.

"The 20 million will allow us to curtail costs for students ... many colleges including this [Greenfield Community College] will freeze any increase in fees ... so that keeps higher education, and that door, affordable," Pura said.

Over the past five years, Pura said Greenfield Community College has had to increase its tuition rates to help pay for budget cuts to higher education since the recession.

The budget for FY 2014 will take effect on July 1.

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