Cuomo’s “free college” gambit exacts a heavy price

Source: Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland

“New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) may figure that becoming the first governor to champion and sign ‘free four-year college’ legislation will give him a campaign slogan sure to appeal to fans of the socialist heartthrob of the 2016 presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders, if Cuomo decides to run in 2020. Unfortunately for Cuomo, and even worse for residents of the Empire State, the design for making tuition at New York’s public colleges free for applicants whose parents make no more than $100,000 a year (rising to $125,000 by 2019) is riddled with inequities and structural flaws that should be apparent well before the next Democratic presidential primaries. The fundamental reality is nothing connected with public higher education is free.” (05/08/17)