SALISBURY -- At the dedication of a new $16 million classroom building at Salisbury State University, Gov. William Donald Schaefer yesterday praised legislative leaders who led a battle to raise state taxes during this spring's General Assembly session.
Mr. Schaefer, speaking on the day that the first phase of a tax package went into effect, singled out House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell Jr., D-Kent, as "one of the towers of strength" who was responsible for passing the tax bills.
The governor said that without revenues from the new taxes, the state could not provide adequate funding for schools. The new college building received state funding.
The building, named after college benefactors Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton, will be cooled with an unusual system that freezes water at night and pumps water from melting ice during the day. Because the cooling units draw most of their electricity during off-peak hours, the system is expected to save thousands of dollars in utility costs.