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N.J. Governor's Plan for Free Community College

March 15, 2018

New Jersey governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday laid out the details of a plan to make community college free in his state as part of his first budget since being elected last year.

The budget included $50 million in tuition support for low-income students -- a “down payment,” he said, on a campaign pledge to make community college completely tuition-free in New Jersey by 2021.

That proposal, along with new spending on pre-K and transit programs, would be paid for with $1.6 billion generated through increases in the state sales tax and the state income tax for high-income residents.

In a video posted to his Twitter account, Murphy, a Democrat, spoke about his support for tuition-free community college for all New Jersey residents.

Murphy last month appointed Zakiya Smith, a former Obama administration official, as his secretary for higher education. Smith was most recently strategy director at the Lumina Foundation.

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Andrew Kreighbaum

Andrew Kreighbaum joins Inside Higher Ed as our federal policy reporter. Andrew comes to us from The Investigative Reporting Workshop. He received his master's in data journalism at the University of Missouri, and has interned at USA Today and a national journalism institute in Columbia, MO. Before getting his master's, Andrew spent three years covering government and education at local papers in El Paso, McAllen and Laredo, Texas. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in history and was news editor at The Daily Texan.

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