|July 19, 2006--Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA), Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
(D-NY), Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Gov. Mike Easley (D-NC) [not shown]
unveiled a college education proposal which is designed to make college
more affordable and increase the numbers graduating from college.
Elements of the proposal include the "American Dream Grant," a block grant
which would provide states $150 billion over ten years; a single, refundable
$3,000 college tuition tax credit to replace the current melange of credits;
"truth-in-tuition;" and more attention to non-traditional students.
This initiative is part of the Democratic Leadership Council's "American
Dream Initiative," which it plans to unveil at the DLC National Conversation
in Denver on July 22-24.