Legislative Initiative For Free Community College

An Indiana State Senator has announced a legislative initiative that provides free community college tuition for some students. The bill would establish the “Hoosier Promise” program to provide two years of community college or technical training for high school seniors that participate in the program and meet certain requirements. In 2013, Forbes ranked Indiana 16th among the states for business using six factors: costs, labor supply, potential growth, quality of life, government regulations and current economic climate. While Indiana ranks 2nd in terms of regulatory environment, Indiana ranks 45th in labor supply, or the availability of qualified workers for potential jobs. The bill comes, just days after President Obama proposed free community college tuition.