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does free college makes sense?

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    One of the main drivers for America's prosperity in the 1950's was the G.I, bill, which was signed into law on June 22,1944. Officially called the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, benefits included low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business or farm, one year of unemployment compensation, and dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college, or vocational school. These benefits were available to all veterans who had been on active duty during the war years for at least 90 days and had not been dishonorably discharged.

    By 1956, 7.8 million veterans had used the G.I. Bill education benefits, some 2.2 million to attend colleges or universities and an additional 5.6 million for some kind of training program. Historians and economists judge the G.I. Bill a major political and economic success—especially in contrast to the treatments of World War I veterans—and a major contribution to U.S. stock of human capital that encouraged long-term economic growth.

    Today, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are advocating for free college, but not everyone thinks that is a good idea. One of those people is Fred Duval, who ran against Doug Ducey in 2014. His bio (listed below) is very impressive. Most noteworthy is the fact that he served on the Arizona Board of Regents for a number of years, starting in 2006. Ducey appointed him to his second term in 2019.

    He published an article in this morning's Arizona Republic that explains why there are better options: