Chancellor Malloy Thanks Governor Mills for Preserving State Funding

ORONO – University of Maine System Chancellor Dannel Malloy issued the following statement

today regarding Governor Mills’ FY22-23 biennial budget proposal that preserves future funding

for education, research and economic development at Maine’s public universities at pre-

curtailment current fiscal year levels ($230.8M):

“On behalf of the tens of thousands of Mainers who rely on the stability of our universities, I

want to thank Governor Mills for preserving the state appropriation that supports Maine’s public

universities, which will protect the pathway to prosperity for our students and the state,” said

Chancellor Malloy.

“The pandemic has been financially devastating to our universities, just as it has been to State

budgets. Sustained State appropriation for the University of Maine System is essential to our

ability to keep the people of Maine on track for the future through affordable, high-quality

postsecondary education and skill development. We look forward to working with the Governor

and our partners in the Legislature in the months ahead to ensure Maine’s investment in its

public universities directly contributes to the state’s health and economic well-being.”

A companion FY21 supplemental budget released today by Governor Mills also included a

welcome $2.5 million in additional State support for high school students to earn free early

college credit through Maine’s public universities and community colleges – raising their

aspirations and workforce readiness while reducing student debt. Enrollment in UMS early

college programs has increased nearly 70 percent during the pandemic, exhausting the amount

originally appropriated by the Legislature for the program this fiscal year.

UMS generates at least $7.50 in statewide economic impact for every $1 of State appropriation.