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Buttigieg Unveils Plan To Make Public College Free For Middle Class Families

Mayor Pete Buttigieg (via Instagram)

Mayor Pete Buttigieg has released his plan to make college education more affordable.  It would tie the price of attending college to a family’s income.

Under Mayor Pete’s proposal, public colleges would be free for students whose families earn less than $100,000 per year. Former Vice President Joe Biden has suggested something similar versus the plans of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders who promise free college for everyone across the board.

A sliding scale would come into play for those families whose income lands between $100,000 to $150,000. Families making more than $150,000 would pay full tuition.

In his new economic agenda, Buttigieg writes, “Our government can, and should, play a role in setting a level playing field that gives all Americans a chance to succeed.” He adds that “government does need to be a vigorous presence in ensuring that our economy actually works for all.”

Buttigieg has previously stated he favors a sliding scale approach because, “I think if you’re a child of a billionaire you can take care of yourself, and you ought to be able to pay some tuition.”

Buttigieg’s plan would be financed by raising taxes on the top 1 percent of Americans.

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