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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tax Watch: Who is really responsible for higher education costs?

Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 00:34:08 -0700
From: "Governor Martin O'Malley" <mom@gov.state.md.us>
Subject: Budget Update: Investing in Maryland's Future

Tuition went up by about 40% from 2003 to 2006 - pushing an affordable college education out of the reach of too many middle class families.

And whose fault is that? Not the people O'Malley wants to tax. Tuition increases are approved by boards appointed by the Governor. Boards appointed by O'Malley and his predecessors have raised repeatedly tuition to outrageous levels. But do they take responsibility for gouging students and families? NO! O'Malley and his ilk simply point the finger and someone else and try to saddle us with the bills.
Our proposal starts with $280 million in budget cuts.
Why only $280 million in cuts? O'Malley is overspending by more than 6 times that. He should make the cuts necessary for the state to live within its means.

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