Friday, April 20, 2012
USM Needs Our Help
I am writing to give you an update on the situation involving the University System of Maryland’s budget and to urge you to once again speak up for higher education in Maryland.
As you may be aware, the Maryland General Assembly adjourned its 2012 session on April 9 without passing the tax legislation and the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (BRFA) required to fully fund the operating budget that both houses had agreed upon. Without that legislation, the so-called doomsday budget will go into effect on July 1, which could amount to a direct cut of an estimated $50 million to USM general funds.
You can read more about this situation in a message from USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan here.
There is an expectation that expectation that Gov. Martin O’Malley and the legislative leadership will work out their differences and reconvene to pass the tax legislation and BRFA in a special session. But that is by no means guaranteed, nor is there any assurance, if they do reconvene, that the budget that had previously been agreed to will be enacted.
The University System of Maryland has again activated its Capwiz electronic network to assist you with contacting Maryland legislators. It can be accessed at this link.
We must not be complacent and just expect everything to work out. This is a critical time for our elected leaders to hear your voice. Please urge our elected officials return to Annapolis in a spirit of cooperation and compromise and conclude the unfinished business of the 2012 legislative session.
Thank you, again, for caring about Frostburg and our students.