COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY BILL PUSHED: Two leading General Assembly Democrats, expressing concern that Gov. Larry Hogan might be planning to veto a bill intended to make college more affordable, urged him Monday to sign the legislation without delay, reports Michael Dresser for the Sun. Del. Adrienne Jones, speaker pro tem of the House of Delegates, and Sen. Richard Madaleno, vice chairman of the Budget & Taxation Committee, held a news conference outside the State House in Annapolis to call for the bill’s approval.
Hogan is scheduled to hold his final bill-signing ceremony Thursday, and it remained unclear Monday whether the governor will sign a bill that provides a tax credit of as much as $5,000 for residents who have a student loan debt that exceeds $20,000 and creates a small matching-fund program for families who use the state’s college saving program, reports Ovetta Wiggins in the Post.
Both Jones and Madaleno said that the governor has given them no indication about his intentions for the bill, reports Bryan Sears for the Daily Record. “I’m sure (Hogan) will want to do this,” said Jones, who was joined by a handful of college students who support the bill.