The Honorable Casper R. Taylor, Jr.
Speaker of the House
Annapolis MD 21401
Dear Mr. Speaker:
In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, I have today vetoed House Bill 304 - Higher Education - Private Donation Incentive Program - Bowie State University, Coppin State College, Morgan State University, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
This bill increases the State match under the Private Donation Incentive Program (PDIP) for private pledges to Bowie State University, Coppin State College, Morgan State University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore. For amounts pledged on or after July 1, 2001, these institutions will receive $2 for every $1 of the first $250,000 pledged and an equal State match for the next $1 million pledged. The bill also increases from $750,000 to $1.5 million the maximum amount these institutions may receive from PDIP State matches during the life of the program. The bill extends the State match program for the four institutions to include donations made to the institutions before January 1, 2006.
Senate Bill 203, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 304.
Parris N. Glendening