While many have criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for eliminating the Michigan tuition grant and the Michigan competitive grant, I actually applaud her goals of building up the work force and helping Michigan students achieve higher education without incurring debt.

The governor has the right to push policy she believes is best for Michigan voters. Elections do have consequences. Of course, the Michigan tuition grant is one of the best return on investments the state spends in higher education — $2,400 per student, which accounts for 2 percent of the state education budget and helps the neediest students afford higher education. It’s a small number for a big outcome.

It’s an admirable goal to strive for free higher education. I wish we could provide this to

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