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Maryland House speaker objects to giving university system chief raise, bonus

Maryland House speaker objects to giving university system chief raise, bonus

House Speaker Michael E. Busch objected Thursday to awarding an extra $105,000 to the head of the University System of Maryland, a decision he called inappropriate at a time when students are struggling to pay the cost of a degree.

Busch, an Anne Arundel County Democrat, said a House of Delegates committee will hold an oversight hearing on last week's action by the system's Board of Regents. The hearing could come sooner than the next General Assembly session, which begins in January. A leading member of the state Senate said she also wants to hold a hearing.

"The idea that the Board of Regents can meet in secret and give a $105,000 bonus to the head of the university...

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