This morning, I had the opportunity to join members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to talk about Maryland's efforts to invest in our most important asset--the talents, skills and ingenuity of our people.
During the 2011 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly, we passed a bill that will educate more of our children and help us keep the best and brightest living, working and innovating in Maryland.
The DREAM Act says that students can be eligible for in-state tuition, regardless of their parents' immigration status, provided they pay state taxes, graduate from a Maryland high school, and commit to legalizing their status as soon as they are eligible.
As the Washington Post editorialized, "It makes no sense for Maryland to educate bright, ambitious youngsters through high school, then deny them a realistic shot at higher education."
Over the past few years, even when we have cut from nearly every other priority, we have chosen together to invest in education. As a result, we have built what Education Week has named the nation's best school system for four years in a row now.
Let's continue to invest in our greatest asset.
We are a stronger State when we expand opportunity to a greater number of our people, rather than fewer. Greater educational opportunity and better jobs means a stronger economy