Lawmakers Propose Tuition Payment Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Two Michigan lawmakers want to provide free public university tuition for Michigan's high school graduates by raising the state income tax to create reimbursable tax credits.

The proposal to be detailed Tuesday also would provide money to boost Michigan's preschool programs.

The proposal would cost a household earning $50,000 a year more than $500 in additional annual income taxes before deductions.

Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith of Washtenaw County's Salem Township and Rep. Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor are scheduled to detail the proposal at the state Capitol. Both are Democrats.

The lawmakers want the Legislature to put the proposal before state voters, who also would have to OK the plan.


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  • by James Location: Stockbridge on Apr 3, 2009 at 12:06 PM
    Pam - Great references. shows that the government should not be education our children.
  • by Nuts on Apr 2, 2009 at 08:16 AM
    The MEA has the same type of legacy costs that some of the other unions have. You can not sustain pensions under the terms of these contracts. The population of the state is shrinking and the graduation rate is pitiful. Who would you blame for these problems. I firmly believe some MEA members and school districts are holding children hostage because school is mandated. All parents should have the right to pull their children out of failing schools and allow them to enroll in venues with proven track records. I have no issue with affordable education. Give parents incentives and tax credits to send their children to college if that is what they desire. I don't believe we can tax our way out of these problems. How many citizens pay no taxes at all. I believe in a flat tax based on income so that eveyone contibutes based on ability. I went to public schools, a 12th grade education, non-union for 40 years, a millionaire. Pretty good for a moron. I went to public school,not a daycare.
  • by Disgusted on Apr 1, 2009 at 08:22 PM
    Nuts, you're not "debating the issue," you're ranting like an uninformed moron. Exactly how are academics having "the exact same issues that put GM in trouble?" Are schools having trouble selling vehicles? And how is the MEA holding children hostage? Why is it a bad idea to make sure everyone can afford college? The days of getting by without an education are finished, as you're obviously learning in a most painful and humiliating fashion.
  • by Pam Location: jackson on Apr 1, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    http://www.education-reform.net/follow_leader.htm The statement of public schooling shows that elective school is more popular than 'mandatory' education. http://blog.fourthlogic.com/
  • by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2009 at 11:25 AM
    Soon-gov pays for everything.Socialist or communist?Take your pick how it ends up.Education is important but without enough jobs rather defeating the purpose.Pay by income?Soon the rich will pay all the bill for everything.More become poor,more not working.Time runs out for the people of this world as it will come to an end when God says it will.All should pay their fare share but yet all should have the same and I enclude incomes in that,other wise it's not fare at all.I really don't think man see what is comming by man as we have been lied to and fooled over and over.The plans have been well hidden.At least the bible hasn't lied to us or hasn't changed for thousand of years.Man can't rule without gods ways,and man has proved that or we would not be in so many messes world wide.Is the gov evil?It is something to think about.Then see what caused it,or who.
  • by Andranisha Location: Grand Rapids on Apr 1, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    I totally understand what you guys are saying, but at the same time just like you are paying for medicaid, foodstamps, etc. so is the rest of the country! Unfortunately, there are thousands of people who don't have jobs now and have actually paid into welfare just like you and I and now they need it! I don't agree with your attitudes about this! The topic is paying tuition for college, not asking you to you to donate more money to welfare! Think about when your A and A/B student wants to go to college and you can't afford it, then what?! You'll be advising your child to enroll in this program they're proposing! So get your head out of anus and remember, those who were last will finish first! Those who were first will soon be last, don't put yourself on a higher horse than anyone else in this world!!
  • by Nuts on Apr 1, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    Disgusted, at least I'm willing to debate the issues. You and your friends that want to slam the messenger probably require spell check. You can tell your sorry, snobby elite attitude friends to get over themselves. Wow, I set grammar back 500 years. Yes I did take latin I and II. Oh, by the way there are two spaces after a sentence ending with a period. I didn't realize when you post that grammar had to be accurate. Must be some of the staff at wilx need to go back to school also, if you don't like the message than just say so, but you obviouly are not noble enough to rise above others faults. You talk about being digusting look in the mirror.
  • by Disgusted on Mar 31, 2009 at 07:53 PM
    "Nuts," it's safe to say you would have benefitted from some extra schooling. The irony of someone setting grammar and spelling back 500 years while complaining about extra schooling is awesome.
  • by Nuts on Mar 31, 2009 at 06:23 PM
    These proposals are so laughable they better consider bringing out the white coats for these loons. I'm insulted, that you think we are so ignorant we can't see your are trying to appease the MEA. The r academics are worried they will be the next GM. They have the exact same issues that put GM in trouble. What this story is about is polling the public to see if any of their hared brain ideas strike a chord. The MEA will hold your children hostage. Adding preschool, free school and a host of other programs at this time will only help the Elite take more control. They aren't as concerned with your childrens education as they are with their own self interest. That could be true of all of us, but what have you got to hold anyone hostage. Two words "YOUR VOTE" Here's an observation, the Big Three, the Post Office, the MEA, the State and Federal Governments, are all in trouble WHY? How do those employees cast their votes. The Wall Street Banks, AIG are corrupt. Join a TEA PARTY now.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2009 at 02:21 PM
    Creating a subsidize school system creates an inferior product. Our k-12 has been 100% subsidize by the government and NEA; The schools are horrible and they say they need more money to improve it. .
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