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Free Community College Bill One Issue of Delegate Forum

October 26th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

Going to community college will be free for many Maryland residents next year. Governor  Larry Hogan signed a bill this summer that covers tuition costs at community colleges for qualifying residents. The legislation was approved near the end of this year's legislative session. The program was not without controversy and opposition however – including no votes from  all four members of the District 1 legislative delegation.  It was one of the issues tackled during WCBC’s candidates forums featuring those running for a seat in the House of Delegates.  Democrat 1B candidate Penny Walker said the program may work better on a regional level as opposed to implementing a statewide plan…

Republican incumbent  Jason Buckel voted against the bill- and hasn’t changed his position…

One Response to “Free Community College Bill One Issue of Delegate Forum”

  1. October 26, 2018 at 9:07 am, Mike Honcho said:

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I haven’t lived exclusively in this area my entire life. I’ve lived in other locales, some of them quite wealthy overall. In my experience a majority of kids brought up in upper middle class homes don’t end up going to community colleges, rather they plan, and with the guidance of college educated parents (most families bringing in 6 figures have at least one degree holding adult in them especially in the wealthier counties), work towards getting admitted to a 4 year University after high school. I think the Republican side as always will continually find fault with the plan because it helps those among us who need it. The right these days constantly whines about their “faith” and how important being Christianbis to them, yet when it comes time to back up their “devout” religious banter, they don’t actually act anything like what they are saying they are. I’m constantly amazed by the posts from all the “Christian” Right in the area, especially considering that I’ve never seen any of these godly people in church on Sunday, not once. Just because you say you’re something on social media and constantly repost religious memes does not make you a Christian. Your behavior and the way you treat your fellow man are the indicators of how much you’re actually living the life you incessantly wave in everyone’s face. Helping the less fortunate better themselves is one of the foundations of Christianity and using excuses regarding wealthy counties as justification to keep assistance from those who need it is a poor cop-out. A civil engineer in Montgomery county won’t raise their children with free community college as a goal, they will help them succeed in school, building a foundation upon which the children, after graduation, will continue working towards ultimately at least a bachelor’s degree from a real, accredited, 4 year university. Stop hiding disdain for your constituency behind a false mask of protection, even though many of our representatives think their base is beneath them, we are not. You owe your office, in part, to the people you represent so how about doing something that benefits them instead of being a puppet for whomever makes the largest contribution.

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