Students, lawmakers push for bipartisan college affordability bills championed by Whitmer

Efforts to tackle community college affordability in Michigan have stalled since Gov. Gretchen Whitmer highlighted the issue in her State of the State address in February.

State Reps. Sheryl Kennedy (D-Davison) and Ben Frederick (R-Owosso) spoke at a press conference Tuesday about their bipartisan House bills in an effort to refocus attention at the end of the legislative year.

They were joined by members of Rise, a student-driven, California-based advocacy group that aims to expand students’ access to higher education by working with policymakers. The news conference spotlighted Kennedy’s House Bill 4464, the MI Opportunity Scholarship, and Frederick’s HB 4456, the MI Reconnect program. Both bills are currently under consideration in the House Appropriations Committee. Whitmer announced these programs in her State of the State address.

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