Friday, February 24, 2006

The party of true fiscal responsibility

Democrats Fighting to Stem the Tide
of Ehrlich's Tuition Increases


Democrats in the Maryland legislature are fighting to keep college affordable for Maryland families in the face of Ehrlich administration policies that have forced a 40% rise in tuition at some colleges and universities during the Governor's tenure.

Tuition would not rise at Maryland's public universities in the fall, under legislation introduced yesterday by Democratic leaders of the Maryland Senate.

The Democrats said the bill is needed to ensure that the University System of Maryland remains affordable after a string of tuition increases that have raised the cost of higher education by more than 40 percent at some campuses since Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) took office.

The Board of Regents has approved a 4.5 percent increase at most campuses that would take effect in the next school year.

Read more here.

Thankfully, the Democrats are willing to fight the Ehrlich administration on these back-door tax increases on the middle class.

I am sure Ehrlich feels that students and parents should feel lucky with only a 40% increase in tuition. After all, early in Ehrlich's term, Richard Hug, Ehrlich's finance chair, and an Erhlich appointee to the Board of Regents, tried to set a course to double tuition. "Only a 40% increase? What a deal!"

--A tip o' the hat to Roy Temple


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