January 2009 Letter to the Editor
Courtesy of The Baltimore Sun
Governor Committed to Affordable Education
January 31, 2009
During last week's rollout of Maryland's budget for next
fiscal year, Gov. Martin O'Malley again illustrated his
commitment to making our state universities affordable by
including an undergraduate tuition freeze for Maryland's
public universities for the fourth straight year ("Painful
cuts for budget balance," Jan. 22).
This means that students who entered a Maryland public
university four years ago will not have seen a penny's rise
in their tuition by the time they receive their degree. This
is an extraordinary achievement.
From funding for community colleges to the creation of the
Higher Education Investment Fund to grants and scholarships
for Maryland's veterans, the O'Malley administration has
demonstrated - even in difficult economic times - that
making secondary education affordable for more Marylanders
is a priority worth protecting.
This commitment has led to a record increase in enrollment
at our state colleges and universities.
While Mr. O'Malley's 2010 budget included reductions that
were undoubtedly painful, his commitment to affordable
higher education in Maryland is commendable.
James E. Lyons Sr., Annapolis
The writer is Maryland's Secretary of Higher Education.