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Maryland governor signs $577M HBCU settlement bill

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BOWIE, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a measure to settle a long-running federal lawsuit related to underfunding at the state’s four historically Black colleges and universities for $577 million over a decade.

Hogan signed the bill Wednesday with lawmakers at Bowie State University. Hogan vetoed a similar bill last year after citing economic difficulties created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The General Assembly passed a new measure last week. It won’t begin payments until fiscal year 2023 in an adjustment to account for the pandemic’s fiscal impact.

The lawsuit was first filed in federal court in 2006.

 

PHOTO: Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones, third from left, points up while standing with the presidents of Maryland’s four historically Black colleges and Universities after a bill signing ceremony on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 in Bowie, Md. , to set aside $577 million over a decade to settle a federal lawsuit over underfunding at the state’s HBCU’s. From left: Aminta Breaux, president of Bowie State University, Heidi Anderson, president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Jones, Sen. Charles Sydnor, David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, and Anthony Jenkins, president of Coppin State University.

 

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