Governors Tout Free Community College, Tax Cuts in Annual Speeches
- February 4, 2014
- By Dan Vock
Governors in Oklahoma and Tennessee delivered their annual state of the state addresses Monday (Feb. 3). The budget-heavy addresses touched on tax cuts, capitol renovations and free community college classes.
- In Oklahoma, Republican Gov. Mary Fallin called for cuts of 5 percent for most state agencies, in order to pay for a 0.25 percentage point reduction in income taxes. She also encouraged legislators to act on restoring the Oklahoma Capitol.
- In Tennessee, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam proposed using lottery money to pay for high-school graduates to go to community colleges for two years for free. “Tennessee will be the only state in the country to offer our high school graduates two years of community college with no tuition or fees along with the support of dedicated mentors,” he said. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, is supporting a legislative proposal in his state to study the viability of a similar program.