Democrats love to promise expensive things for free. Free healthcare, free cell phones, free money. Why not free college?
Meet Bill Halter who’s running for governor of Arkansas. The emphasis below is mine.
Bill’s letter to Arkansans
Young adults who receive a college degree today on average can expect to earn $1 million more over the course of their working live than similarly situated Arkansans who do not. But Arkansas currently ranks 49th out of 50 states in the percentage of our workforce with college degrees – behind Mississippi and ahead of only West Virginia. And we’re not just competing with other states. Within two decades, China will have 200 million college graduates. That’s more than the entire U.S. workforce. Within the next ten years, India will produce four times as many college graduates as the United States. We must meet this challenge. It is time to give every Arkansas high school student the opportunity to attend college if they earn it.
I call it the Arkansas Promise.
Simply stated, if you go to high school in Arkansas, qualify for a lottery scholarship, maintain a 2.5 GPA and plan to attend college in the state, we promise to pay your college tuition. The overall scholarship level would be set at the tuition level of the highest cost four-year public university in Arkansas. And we will pay for this investment without raising taxes, by combining the Lottery Scholarship, federal grant aid, philanthropic support, and additional Arkansas scholarship funds.
Several forward-leaning communities have made promises of opportunity through higher education for their students. The Kalamazoo Promise, the El Dorado Promise, and the Arkadelphia Promise have provided hope for their communities.
Forward leaning. Hmm… Where have I heard that before?