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Free College Tuition? Farmington Hills Lawmaker Explains New Proposal

State Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) tells Detroit News columnist Neal Rubin about a plan that she describes as an 'economic development tool'.

Would you vote for a percentage point increase in state sales tax to provide free tuition for every high school student in Michigan?

State Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) described her Michigan College Trust Program (MCTP) to Detroit News columnist and Farmington Hills resident Neal Rubin in a column published Thursday at detnews.com. Funds raised by increasing the tax from 6 percent to 7 percent would provide funds for high school graduates to attend a 2-year or 4-year Michigan school. 

Barnett called her program an "economic development tool" and said she hopes her colleagues in the legislature will recommend it for a state-wide ballot. If not, Barnett said, she'll launch a petition drive. 

Read complete details in "State lawmaker proposes free tuition for Michigan high-schoolers' higher learning". 

David Anderson February 22, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Great idea, but what about replacing the funding for primary and secondary schools? If our students are not educated enough to attend our colleges and universities then why lower the costs? Also, what happens with the "extra money" if the fund is not exhausted? Will these funds be protected from being re-appropriated? Will the education funds be penalized/raided in retaliation of this proposal?
TOM PIERCE February 22, 2013 at 05:39 AM
WOW THE FIRST REAL IDEA TO STOP ME AND MY WIFE FROM DYING POOR SO OUR KIDS CAN GET AN EDUCATION AND WHAT OUR THE POOR POOR BANKS GOING TO DO WITH OUT ALL THOSE LOANS WE SADDLE OUR SELF'S WITH NEXT YOU WILL WANT THE BIG BANKS NOT TO GET THE 3 BILLION A YEAR THEY GET FOR "ADMINISTRATING THE STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM ITS TO LATE FOR ME AND MY KIDS BUT I WOULD VOTE FOR IT TOMORROW IF IT MEANT THEY WE DON'T HAVE ANOTHER GENERATION BURIED IN DEBT UNTIL THEY'RE 50 'S TO GET A DECENT JOB AND MAYBE THEN WE COULD ASK THEM TO STAY IN MICHIGAN LIKE THE OTHER STATES DO INSTEAD OF LEAVING THE DAY AFTER GRADUATION TO START A LIFE IN ANOTHER STATE NAHH DOESN'T WORTH INVESTING IN !! LETS GIVE NESTLE ANOTHER 5 MILL TO STEAL OUR WATER AT 3 MILLION PROFIT A DAY AND CREATE 10 ,7 DOLLAR AN HOUR JOBS
Steve February 23, 2013 at 02:04 PM
I think your caps button is stuck

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