During the toughest times, we've chosen together, to make affordable college a top priority.
Our work is delivering results; according to the College Board, since 2007, we've done more than any other state to hold down the cost of college tuition. We were the only state in the nation to freeze in-state tuition at state colleges and universities for four years years in a row. Together, we then held tuition increases to the lowest in the nation for over five years. This year's budget continues our commitment to higher education by investing $5.83 billion -- money that will go towards scholarships, financial aid and academic programs.
Some have suggested that because we made better choices in the past, we should curtail our investments now. This is not the time to stop investing in our greatest assets -- the talents, skills, creativity and ingenuity of our people. It is the time to invest more.
If we want to be winners in this changing new economy, the best investments we can make are investments in each other.