Free College Tuition in New York State? There’s Good News At The State Level

Taking a page out of the Bernie Sanders playbook, Governor Andrew Cuomo, with Bernie Sanders standing by his side, proposed free university tuition in New York state for residents making less than $125,000 a year. New York on the east coast and California on the west are taking the lead in preserving and advancing progressive values in the Trump era, which will probably see conservative values extolled at the Federal level. However, Democrats like Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren and others will do all they can to block Republican efforts to shred the safety net for poor and middle Americans. Meanwhile, state and local governments in progressive states will do all they can to advance the cause of values that benefit average Americans. Cuomo’s proposal would cover state colleges, universities and two year colleges. Cuomo, who is thought to have Presidential ambitions, is tacking left on a number of issues including raising the minimum wage and paid family leave. Bernie Sanders made an issue of free college tuition during his Presidential campaign in light of the exploding student loan debt of over $1 trillion. Indeed, Sanders praised the announcement by saying, “That is a message that is going to provide hope and optimism for working-class families all across the state.” Regarding student loan debt, Cuomo said “It’s like starting a race with an anchor tied to your leg,” adding that many students in New York and elsewhere left college $30,000 or more in debt. “This society should say, ‘We’re going to pay for college because you need college to be successful,’” he added. “And New York State is going to do something about it.” Tennessee and Oregon Lead Nation in Free Community College Tennessee and Oregon already have programs to cover the costs of community college. Governor Cuomo’s plan would include four-year schools as well as the city’s university system — a once-free network whose tuition has risen and reputation has fallen over the last decade. The New York Times reported: Mr. Cuomo hopes for a quick start for his idea, with a three-year rollout beginning in the fall, with a $100,000 income limit, rising to $125,000 by 2019, a timetable the administration billed as more speedy than the one embraced by Mrs. Clinton during her presidential campaign. (On Twitter, Mrs. Clinton said she was “delighted” by the governor’s proposal, calling it a plan that she and...

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