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Session Highlights

 Legislative Budget Hearings

 

  • Operating Budget Hearings

On February 5, 2021, Sara Fidler, President of MICUA, testified before the Senate Education, Business and Administration (EBA) Subcommittee of the Budget and Taxation Committee and the House Education and Economic Development (EED) Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee regarding the Department of Legislative Services (DLS) Higher Education Overview. Fidler expressed appreciation for past State support of the MICUA institutions through the Sellinger Program, expressed disappointment at the reduction of the Sellinger appropriation through the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (BRFA), and responded to questions asked by the DLS analysts including steps taken to accommodate transfer students, particularly during the pandemic, and efforts made to increase and facilitate digital access to our students and campus communities. Fidler also urged the Legislature to increase its investment in need-based financial aid. Video recording of the hearing can be found here and the MICUA written testimony can be found here.

On February 18, 2021, Fidler testified alongside President Marylou Yam of Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) and President Kent Devereaux of Goucher College regarding the Fiscal 2022 Sellinger appropriation before EBA and EED. A discussion of the appropriation and other related higher education funding and policy provisions can be found within the DLS Maryland Higher Education Commission analysis. Fidler urged the Legislature to fund the Sellinger Program fully and reject the provisions of the BRFA, noting that almost 90% of Sellinger funding is used for financial aid for Maryland students – and we are seeing greater need among our students this year than ever before. Video recording of the hearing can be found here and the combined MICUA/NDMU/Goucher written testimony can be found here.

On March 3, 2021, Fidler testified in the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on the BRFA (HB 589/SB 493). MICUA’s testimony asserted that the Sellinger Program should be fully funded and the formula that links the Sellinger Program with the other segments of higher education should be restored.  The video recording of the hearing can be found here (for HB 589) and here (for SB 493), and MICUA’s testimony can be found here.

 

  • Capital Budget Hearings

MICUA, Johns Hopkins University, Mount St. Mary’s University, and St. John’s College submitted written testimony to be entered as part of the public record in support with amendments of HB 590/SB 492 the Fiscal 2022 Capital Budget bill. Although the Governor included MICUA in the CIP for $8 million, MICUA has requested an additional $4 million to be appropriated for these projects (total $12 million ask). The combined testimony can be found here and a virtual site visit presentation can be found here.

 

Legislative Policy Initiatives

MICUA is following the progress of 130 bills so far this session being heard in the House Appropriations Committee, the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, and the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee. For more information regarding which bills are being tracked by MICUA, see here.

 

 

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