In this Thursday, April 18, 2019, photo, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, center, helps unveil legislation that would offset tuition costs for students seeking a college degree or training certificate during a news conference at the Lansing Community College West Campus in Delta Township, Mich. Whitmer was joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, business leaders, union leaders and others. (AP Photo/David Eggert)
DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is netting key support from the business community and some Republican lawmakers for her large-scale plans to provide debt-free tuition to high school graduates and older adults who want to learn new job skills.
The development is a boost for one of the Democrat’s signature policy goals — increasing the number of working-age adults with a postsecondary degree or certificate to 60% by 2030, from 45% now.
Michigan Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rich Studley pledged the group’s “full, unequivocal” backing of her proposals, known as Michigan Reconnect and the Michigan Opportunity Scholarship. Small Business Association of Michigan President Brian Calley praised Whitmer’s “visionary leadership.”
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