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Michigan Dems Promote ‘Free College for All’ Plan

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By Doug Powers  •  March 6, 2012 04:48 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Hey, why not? Michigan has such a tremendous budget surplus and the state’s debt is down to a manageable level. Time for free college for everybody:

If a proposal by Michigan Senate Democrats becomes law, college for all students who have a K-12 education in the state of Michigan will be virtually free.

The bill is called “Michigan 2020”.

The Michigan 2020 Plan would provide Michigan high school graduates—public, private or home-schooled—with the opportunity to have the cost of their college education paid for in its entirety. The plan is in line with many studies that say a college degree is the key to economic success, and has the support of leading economists and business leaders. More importantly, the plan would come at no additional cost to taxpayers and instead be funded entirely by eliminating ineffective tax loopholes for special interests and cutting costs within the thousands of contracts the state currently administers.

“A college degree is the key to economic success,” which is why these Democrats are determined to allow everybody to get one for free even if they have to collapse the entire economy to do so. That seems counter-productive, but what do I know?

I remember when Michigan began earmarking lottery revenues for the School Aid Fund. “You play, schools win” was and continues to be the pitch. Schools were supposed to look like the Taj Mahal by now and kids were going to have all the tools they needed for a great education. Last I checked though some schools were asking parents to send in toilet paper and trash bags. Michigan is full of examples of nirvana on paper vs. the aftermath of stark reality. It’s just that usually by the time the stark reality hits, the architects of the plan have already been promoted to Obama economic advisors.

Here’s the next pie-in-the-sky proposal, courtesy of the folks whose previous pie-in-the-sky proposals have made Michigan one of the country’s foremost places to be run over by people fleeing from the economic genius of the past few years:

And what will happen to the cost of higher education in this hypothetical dream sequence once the government starts fully covering the freight? Even Joe Biden knows the answer to that.

**Written by Doug Powers

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