James Maroney


James Maroney



February 19, 2019

Maroney Invited to New England Higher Education Legislative Advisory Committee

HARTFORD, CT – Today, State Senator James Maroney (D-Milford) was invited to the New England Board of Higher Education’s (NEBHE) Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC). The committee is comprised of legislators from the six states in New England. The LAC addresses the region’s higher education and workforce development matters. Sen. Maroney said he is thrilled to be part of the committee.

“I am honored to be chosen to be part of the New England Board of Higher Education’s Legislative Advisory Committee,” said Sen. Maroney. “I look forward to pushing for policies to strengthen higher education throughout the region.”

Sen. Maroney is on the General Assembly’s Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee and has introduced the following bills which aim to create pathways for higher education and make college more affordable:

  • Senate Bill No. 116: If enacted, this bill will establish a tax credit for employers that make payments towards employees’ student loans.
  • Senate Bill No. 361: If enacted, this bill will allow municipalities to provide property tax credits to companies or individuals who donate to a Promise or similar scholarship programs established by the municipality.
  • Senate Bill No. 607: If enacted, this bill will establish a non-traditional pathway to earning a Bachelor’s Degree, which incorporates apprenticeships.
  • Senate Bill No. 747: If enacted, this bill will allow partnerships between Charter Oak State College and businesses that offer free college to their employees.

Sen. Maroney is bringing his experience and knowledge in higher education to the LAC, which meets twice yearly. The committee was assembled by the NEBHE to connect New England legislators to discuss policymaking perspectives, support interstate collaboration among legislators and provide research and information to members of the LAC.

The NEBHE is a nonprofit, congressionally authorized agency which develops and implements strategies to increase competitiveness in New England through expanded participation and success in postsecondary education.

About James Maroney: Sen. Maroney was first elected to represent the 14th District (Milford) in 2018. Before being elected to the Senate, he was a State Representative for the 119th District from 2012-2014, where he served on the Higher Education Committee. Due to his distinguished service on the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, he was asked to serve on the Planning Commission for Higher Education and help develop a strategic plan for higher education in Connecticut.