Bill to Waive Tuition for Higher Education Workers Faces Rare Defeat

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A bill that would waive college tuition for employees of the Maryland Higher Education Commission and their children was handily defeated in the Senate Tuesday morning.

With a 12-33 vote, it was a rare defeat for a bill that had made it so far along in the legislative process.

Sponsored by Sen. Joanne Benson, the Prince George’s County Democrat described her bill as a “deal of fairness” and said she hoped to provide a level playing field for those that work in higher education. Tuition waivers are a perk usually enjoyed by direct employees of a university, whereas the Maryland Higher Education Commission is responsible for establishing policies for the state’s various higher education institutions.

Despite Benson’s intentions, several senators said they did not believe a tuition waiver should be extended to non-university employees.

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