In the State of New York, low income students may soon be able to attend public state universities for free, according to a recent proposal. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently unveiled a plan which would allow for students coming from households making less than $125,000 each year to attend public state universities for free.
Speaking at an event at LaGuardia Community College in the Queens borough of New York City, the Democrat offered a plan, which he said would allow students from 940,000 families to continue their education past high school for free. The proposal would apply to any state-run public university in New York as well as any community college. During his speech, Cuomo called college a “mandatory step” to see success in today’s economy.
This decision by the prominent Governor is one with major political and economic implications.
Firstly, should this policy be implemented, New York would become the first state to offer such a plan. This comes in the wake of a Democratic Presidential primary where “free college” was made out to be a significant issue. Led by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, calls for tuition free universities have become commonplace in Democratic politics.
With this proposal, Cuomo is certainly setting himself up to be in the national spotlight of Democratic politics. He may very well be using this proposal as a platform to appeal to the more progressive voters within the Democratic Party, there is certainly a possibility that he is eyeing a potential run against President-elect Donald Trump in 2020.
Many on the right, as well as many within Democrats have been very critical of tuition free college proposals. It is regularly argued that it just does not make fiscal sense and that such proposals are not viable.
Harsh critic of this type of proposal, Turning Point USA Founder and Executive Director Charlie Kirk took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with such a proposal. He argued that college will only become more expensive, once it becomes free.
If you think education is expensive now, just wait until it is free. https://t.co/x1iJqrrKID
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 4, 2017
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