Republican politicians at both the state and federal level are open to hearing more about President Obama’s free community college proposal. Gov. Bruce Rauner is among those who are interested in the plan, saying he’s been working on his own ideas to keep college costs down.
“I don’t know the detail of it, but I’m intrigued with it,” Rauner said. “I’m going to have my own plans on how we can make community colleges more affordable and provide incentives to our students that get great grades.”
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The proposal would have to get through a Republican-controlled Congress, but U.S. Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) says both parties recognize the problems associated with the increasing cost of attending college.
“I don’t know if we’ve got necessarily the answer for it, but I do know that we’ve got to continually put pressure to make college more affordable,” Dold said.
The cost of the plan is estimated at $60 billion over 10 years, with $15 billion of it coming from state and local governments.