All For a Freeze (1/13/09)
Kentucky State Senator David Williams and I don't always see eye to eye. But his recent suggestion that Kentucky should consider freezing state college tuition levels is one I can support.
Not long ago, attending college was a luxury, primarily restricted to the rich. Then, higher education became available to far more - and far larger -- segments of society, resulting in higher standards of living and greater overall economic health.
But tuition costs have recently outpaced income levels to such an extent that it's very possible that soon, college simply won't be an option for the average high school graduate. And that would really hurt in Kentucky, where education levels already lag behind most of the rest of the nation.
So I'm all for Senator Williams' proposed tuition freeze.
But I'll be interested in seeing how he proposes to make up the difference. It still costs serious money to operate quality state colleges, and new money to take the place of higher tuitions will have to be found somewhere.
Could this be the issue that finally opens the senator's eyes to the need for new sources of state revenue? Like maybe legalized casino gambling or higher cigarette taxes?
Maybe. Maybe not. But I do know that while a tuition freeze is a worthwhile goal, it won't come free.
What do you think? Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.