LANSING (WWJ) – Democratic state lawmakers are ready to move forward with a proposal to provide free college tuition to anyone in Michigan who needs it.
“The will certainly have some curbside appeal for families that are struggling to put their kids through college,” said WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick.READ MORE: Detroit Police Department Holds Graduation Ceremony For Recruit Class 2021-G
But where would all that cash come from? Skubick spoke with State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer
“We can find $1.7 billion to pay for kids to go to college because we know that education is economic development. They’ve (done) it in Minnesota, they’ve proven it in Kalamazoo,” said Whitmer. “We can replicate that in our state – the whole state.”READ MORE: Here's A Look At Weekend Construction Happening In Metro Detroit
State Republican leader Randy Richardville said he’ll take a look at it, but he’s not ready to endorse the Democrats’ plan.
“It appears to be a lot of a stretch … The way, conceptually, I’ve heard about it, I don’t know where we’re gonna find $1.8 billion to give away every year,” Richardville said.MORE NEWS: FDA Approves Longer Shelf Life For J&J COVID-19 Vaccine
Details of the plan, including how Democrats’ plan to fund it, were expected to be unveiled Tuesday.