The Higher Education and Employment Committee voted to advance three of state Sen. James Maroney\u2019s (D-Milford) bills to the Senate floor.Maroney\u2019s bills aim to create non-traditional pathways to earning a bachelor\u2019s degree, and to make college more affordable and accessible, he said. Maroney said the key is innovation.\u201cWhen I was on the campaign trail, I promised to be innovative in cultivating ways to ensure everyone has a chance to be successful in the 14th District and our state,\u201d said Maroney, who is a member of the committee. \u201cThis legislation makes good on those promises and seeks innovative ways to provide opportunities to our citizens to better themselves. I commend my friends on both sides of the aisle in the committee for supporting this legislation and moving them forward.\u201dThe following bills advanced:SB 435 \u2014 \u201cAn Act Establishing a Tax Credit for Employers Making Education Loan Payments for Employees,\u201d received bipartisan support, passing unanimously. This legislation would establish a tax credit for employers who make education loan payments for their employees.SB 607 \u2014 \u201cAn Act Concerning Apprenticeships Pathways to Earning a Bachelor\u2019s Degree,\u201d received bipartisan support and passed unanimously. In addition to creating apprenticeship pathways to receiving a bachelor\u2019s degree, there would also be some coursework for students.SB 746 \u2014 An Act Establishing the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Foundation and Creating a Business Tax Credit passed by a 16-6 vote. This bill would establish the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Foundation and create a business tax credit.