New York Governor Proposes Free Tuition For State’s Public Colleges

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a free tuition plan for undergraduate students who hail from New York last night at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens. He was accompanied by Sen. Bernie Sander of Vermont, who called the idea “revolutionary.” This plan, which Senator Sanders initially proposed during his 2016 Presidential run, would make schools tuition free for students who come from a family earning under $125,000 a year.

The announcement was made at Laguardia Community College, one of nearly 25 CUNY (City University of New York) schools in the state of New York.

Bernie Sanders, who attended Brooklyn College as an undergraduate and introduced the ‘College for All Act’, a bill that would have made public colleges and universities tuition-free by taxing 50 cents of every $100 of stock transactions to fund students at four-year public colleges and universities, was also on hand at the college. He also stated that “public education in America is not simply kindergarten through high school, but that public education in the year 2017, means making public colleges and public universities tuition free.”

“What Governor Cuomo is proposing is a revolutionary idea for higher education. It’s an idea that’s going to reverberate not only throughout the State of New York, but throughout this country.” – Bernie Sanders

However, unlike Sen. Sander’s legislation, Gov. Cuomo’s free tuition plan doesn’t explain where the money to fund this program will come from. Experts estimate that this program alone will cost the state approximately $163 million per year once fully phased in.

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