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Cuomo announces a free tuition program

Jan 04, 2017 12:03 am
Jesse McKinley reports in The New York Times that Gov. Andrew Cuomo announce a plan for free tuition at state colleges to New Yorkers with families making $125,000 or less annually. Cuomo pivots left with the announcement, alongside Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who proposed a similar program during the presidential primary campaign. The story says, "It was not immediately clear how the program would be paid for, though the administration said the state already provided nearly $1 billion in support through its tuition assistance program; those awards are capped at $5,165, and many of the grants are smaller." On Dec. 31, Cuomo vetoed the indigent legal services bill, saying the state did not have the funds to pay for it. Read the full story in The New York Times.