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Miller: Tuition Increase Better Than Layoffs

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) this morning criticized a plan by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) to lay off 700 state workers, suggesting university tuition increases could offset a portion of the cost savings.

O'Malley is scheduled to brief the press on his proposed budget at 1:30 p.m. The plan, which must close a projected $1.9 billion shortfall, includes a freeze on college tuition for the fourth straight year as well as the 700 layoffs, according to others who have been briefed already.

"I continue to be concerned about terminating valued state employees," Miller said. "I hope to find some tradeoffs in the budget so that does not come to pass."

Miller said O'Malley's proposed tuition freeze is "good politics, but it defies logic." Miller said with university costs increasing, a modest tuition increase is reasonable.

Here are the highlights of the budget proposal announced by O'Malley this afternoon.

By John Wagner  |  January 21, 2009; 11:42 AM ET
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Education is the only way out of this mess; what a stupid suggestion. It is a difficult decision; but the education of our children; and continuing education is a priority.

Posted by: linda_521 | January 21, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

And state employees are not a priority?

Posted by: confused1 | January 22, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

College tuition should not be raised. It is already unaffordable for many and the children are our future. There are other programs that can be cut, such as the $$ programs for illegal aliens.

Posted by: laurabunny | January 26, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

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