New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were all smiles last week as they signed a bill into law that awards free tuition to students who attend the Empire State's public universities. At the signing ceremony, held at LaGuardia Community College, Cuomo thanked Clinton for the great idea, noting she first mentioned it on the campaign trail last year.
"That will make this place a better place and this scholarship program is going to transform lives," the governor predicted.
It's going to fundamentally transform New Yorkers' wallets too. The Daily Signal produced a video with a breakdown of how much "free college" in New York is going to cost taxpayers.
New York's "free college" will cost $163 million for just the first year. pic.twitter.com/zyam5aBfsu— The Daily Signal (@DailySignal) April 13, 2017
Another major catch that The New York Post noticed is that in order to be eligible for the tuition-free education, students must agree to live and work in New York state at least four years after graduation.
“Why should New Yorkers pay for your college education and then you pick up and you move to California?” Cuomo said during a call with state editorial writers.
“The concept of investing in you and your education is that you’re going to stay here and be an asset to the state. If you don’t want to stay here, then go to California now, let them pay for your college education.”