MACo Asks State to Boost Its Community College Contributions

MACo Policy Associate, Kevin Kinnally, provided written testimony in support of House Bill 1069, “Higher Education – Community Colleges – Funding,”  before the House Ways and Means Committee on March 7, 2017.

This legislation requires the State to increase its contribution to Maryland’s community colleges. Under this bill, by 2021 state aid for county community colleges would reach 29% of the per-pupil general fund appropriation to students at 4-year public institutions of higher education in the State.

MACo’s testimony states.

When state funding for community colleges lags, additional pressure builds on county budgets and on student tuition. When county budgets face distress from the economic climate or state actions, the local contributions cannot reliably offset these cutbacks. For the past several years, this combined dynamic has led to increased tuition costs for Maryland community college students, at a time when the training and education opportunities are arguably most needed.

The cross-file to the bill, SB 152, was heard by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on February 1. Click here for previous Conduit Street coverage.

Follow MACo’s advocacy efforts during the 2017 legislative session here.