Senator Miller is a product of our public university system. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, and his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. No one in the Maryland General Assembly has promoted the interests of our public universities and their students the way Senator Miller has during his distinguished career.
Senator Miller supported a four-year freeze in tuition at our public universities to ensure the doors of higher education remain open to students from working families. Moreover, he helped families plan for college, supporting the creation of the Maryland Higher Education Investment Plans, which allow families tax advantages with a prepaid tuition plan or a higher education savings plan. He also ensured a $2,500 State tax deduction for contributions to the investment plans.
Community colleges play an increasingly important role in our higher education system, both in preparing students to attend four-year institutions, and in helping workers develop new skills to find work in this economy. Senator Miller has worked to enhance the State’s community college funding formula, increasing funding to community colleges, and this year supporting a degree without debt.
Senator Miller understands that not everybody desires or needs to attend College or Community College to plan for a successful career. It’s why he’s been a strong supporter of vocational training, and has been a leader in increasing funding to programs such as the growing HVAC program at the College of Southern Maryland.