This week, I was joined by members of the House of Delegates for a press conference highlighting the House priorities for this session. We remain focused on the issues that matter to you: good jobs, strong schools and making college more affordable.
Making college more affordable
One of our top priorities this session is to make college more affordable.
Virginia students are borrowing over $1 billion per year to pay for college. College costs in Virginia have risen by 28% since 2008. We have some of the world’s best colleges and universities, but the cost is simply rising too fast.
Today the House passed important legislation to combat these rising costs. We passed legislation to cap unreasonable student athletic fees, which will help drive down costs for students. We also passed a bill to give smaller and mid-sized schools more flexibility to make their own administrative decisions. This should result in cost savings that can be passed on to students and families.
Unfortunately, while the House of Delegates is fighting to make college more affordable, President Obama is proposing to tax college savings accounts. Taxing 529 college savings accounts will make it harder for middle class families to save for college. That’s the last thing Virginians need right now. I oppose the President’s plan and will continue to fight to make college more affordable.
Visitors and events
I want to thank everyone who stopped by my Richmond office this week. I met with students from the University of Mary Washington, Stafford-area members of the American Legion, members of the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters Association and Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands.
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