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Tuition freeze to end, O'Malley says

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A four-year freeze on university tuition for in-state Maryland students is likely to end this year, according to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

"I think we need to do some sort of modest increase this year," O'Malley said in an interview with The Washington Post. "I think we have to return to modest ... cost-of-living increases."

O'Malley repeated those comments Wednesday morning during an interview for broadcast on WEAA 88.9 FM, hours before the opening of the 427th session of the Maryland General Assembly.

The governor is scheduled to present a budget proposal to the legislature next week that will close a shortfall of close to $2 billion for fiscal year 2011, which starts in July.

Tuition rates within the University System of Maryland are set by the board of regents, but O'Malley's budgets in recent years have included funding to accommodate the freeze.

The first year of the freeze was 2006, when O'Malley was a candidate running against then-governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R). After O'Malley and Democrats made an issue of escalating tuition during Ehrlich's tenure, the Republican governor agreed to the freeze, which has continued during the first three years of O'Malley's term.

-- John Wagner and Daniel de Vise

By John Wagner  |  January 13, 2010; 11:02 AM ET
Categories:  Governor , John Wagner  
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