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Presidential candidate Steyer pushes for free tuition at Nevada colleges

By ThisIsReno
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Presidential candidate Tom Steyer (D-Calif.). Image: Trevor Bexon

By Don Dike-Anukam

Democratic candidates for president continue to advance their campaigns in Nevada. Just last week both Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) paid visits to the Biggest Little City. 

But on Thursday, presidential candidate, climate change activist and philanthropist Tom Steyer (D-Calif.) announced via a phone conference call his plan to improve funding for higher education.

He specifically wants better funding for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Steyer took a number of questions from media, including This Is Reno.

“That’s why I am pledging, if elected president, the boldest historically black college and university support of any candidate,” he said.

Nevada does not have HBCUs, but Steyer noted that his plan would cover community colleges.

“I’m sure you know, but I’ll just mention in case you don’t … I’m from California,” he said. “We don’t have HBCUs here either. [Community colleges] perform a lot of the same function that HBCUs do, and I’m in favor of two years of free community college, across the country because … that provides access to disadvantaged kids to actually let them live up to their potential.”

Steyer’s push appears to mirror many fellow Democratic candidates appealing to African American and minority voters, vital voters to Democratic party candidates and in the upcoming Presidential primaries in Nevada and South Carolina in February. 

In Nevada African Americans (10.1 percent) and Latinos (29 percent) are projected to make up about 40 percent of the population statewide, according to Census data.



Connie Citizo December 17, 2019 - 4:05 pm

As a long-time registered Non-Partisan and UNR grad, I really feel like this idea is a waste of money. There is free college for good students. It is in the form of scholarships and grants. That is how I got my Bachelor’s at UNR. Having a lot of unqualified students try college because it is free is a waste of taxpayer funds and a waste of the students’ time. Young people should be placed where they will be most successful, maybe college, but also in the trades or on-the-job training. I just don’t like the idea of wasting money on the students who won’t continue or won’t even pass the classes.

Paul Chiavini December 17, 2019 - 12:05 pm

But how does he propose to pay for it?

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