Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Obama Presses for Free Community College and Tax Reform

The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 21st, 2015

Community colleges were back in the spotlight on Tuesday night, as President Obama plugged his plan to make the institutions free for millions of students.
Speaking to Congress and the nation, Mr. Obama urged legislators to follow Tennessee’s lead and make two years of college "as free and universal in America as high school is today."
"Whoever you are, this plan is your chance to graduate ready for the new economy, without a load of debt," he said in his next-to-last State of the Union address.
Mr. Obama also touted his tax-reform plan, announced over the weekend. That plan would increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans and on financial firms to pay for free community college, while streamlining the higher-education tax credits and rolling back tax breaks for college-savings plans, among many other changes.

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