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Cuomo Shoots for 2020 with Tuition-Free College Plan That’s Riddled with Problems

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) may be making a move for Bernie Sanders voters with a tuition-free college plan. Three reasons the plan is a disaster before it even begins.

Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo

Whether he’s pitching for 2020 voters, trying to keep up with the Democratic Party’s rush to the far left, or both, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) just signed a bad deal for New York.

On Wednesday, Cuomo signed a tuition-free college plan for New York state, with the help of vanquished presidential candidate Hillary Clinton:

There are at least three reasons Cuomo’s plan is a bad deal for all involved, even if it helps him make a pitch to be president in two to three years.

#1: THE PLAN WILL COST NY TAXPAYERS

New York lawmakers have been sounding the alarm on the plan’s cost, estimated at $163 million per year but poised to be much larger.

From Buffalo’s WIVB:

Based on estimates, the plan is expected to cost about $163 million per year once fully phased in.

…“Many of us suspect that number is higher, and the proposal is coming at a time when the governor in his budget is also proposing an increase in SUNY tuition,” said State Senator Patrick Gallivan, R-Elma.

#2: THE PLAN WILL TRAP NY STUDENTS

This week, many New York outlets pointed out that Cuomo’s plan comes with a big catch: graduates have to stay in New York for four years after school, or pay the state back.

From the New York Post:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s much-heralded new program for free tuition at state colleges comes with a huge catch: You have to sign years of your life away to get it.

Under a provision that was added to the tuition bill at the last moment, students who get a free ride at CUNY and SUNY schools must live and work in New York state for up to four years after graduation, or be forced to pay the money back.

#3: THE CLINTON CURSE TOUCHES CUOMO

Cuomo is proudly touting Hillary Clinton’s support for the deal. Clinton promoted her attendance at the rollout on Wednesday:

Besides Cuomo’s choice to associate with a vanquished presidential candidate at a time of chaos for the Democratic Party, Cuomo also overlooked Clinton’s flip-flop on this very issue.

Even the liberal Mic pointed out last year that Clinton’s tuition-free plan came on the heels of her opposition to Bernie Sanders’ plan in the Democratic primary.

No matter how you slice it, Cuomo’s latest effort to lead the Democratic Party’s push to the far-left is a bad deal for all involved.